Brett Baty’s major league debut will come on Wednesday night against the Braves at Truist Park.
The former first-round pick is in the Mets lineup after being called up earlier in the day, wearing No. 22, hitting eighth in the order and playing third base.
Baty, who said he was “super excited” for his debut, said Brandon Nimmo pulled him aside before he spoke with reporters.
“He was just like, ‘Hey man, slow it down. It’s gonna be a pretty big atmosphere for sure, but we all trust you out there and we have your back,’” Baty told reporters. “That’s what I wanted to hear.”
Baty, a left-handed hitter, has a .315/.410/.533 slash line with 19 home runs in 95 games across Double-A and Triple-A this season. After Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar were both injured this week, calling up Baty — the organization’s second-ranked prospect — became a logical move.
A product of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Baty was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2019. He profiles as a strong contact hitter who shows upside with power, as well as a strong defensive player.
Though this will likely amount to merely an audition — Guillorme is expected back in 4-6 weeks and Escobar sooner than that — it will be the first big test for a player presumed to be the Mets’ third baseman of the future.