The Mets signed their 2019 first round draft pick Brett Baty. According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the third baseman from Lake Travis High School in Texas signed for $3.9 million, $466,000 below the slot value for the twelfth overall pick in this year’s draft. It is expected that the Mets use that money to sign their third round pick, Matthew Allan.
Baty led all prep players in 2019 with 19 home runs, and has very accomplished left-handed power. Defensively, he has an above average arm for third base, but there is some fear that he will move off the position in the future. Some of Baty’s success, hypothesizes our own Steve Sypa, may come from the fact that he is old for a prep player. That doesn’t diminish his talent, but rather adds some context to his overall profile.
Baty took batting practice at Citi Field today and is reportedly putting on a show, according to DiComo. His first minor league assignment has not yet been announced.