In the Mets prospect rankings you see two third baseman in the top 7 according to MLB. Brett Baty is the Mets number 3 and Mark Vientos is ranked 7th. Interesting enough, both are expected to reach the majors in 2022. So looking at the two right now, who will we see as the Mets future third baseman?
Lets start with the 2019 first round pick, Brett Baty. Without a minor league season in 2020, Baty has played just 51 games in the Mets minor leagues. Over those games he has hit for solid power with a .821 OPS between the Gulf Coast league, Kingsport Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones. Baty was expected to play full season baseball in 2020 as a Firefly, but didn’t work. Today Baty made news with a 109 MPH homerun in the instructional league. Here is what MLB has to say about the 20 year old.
“Baty’s raw power was among the best in the 2019 Draft, the product of his bat speed, strength and lofty left-handed swing. He drives the ball with authority to all fields and already generates big league-caliber exit velocities, and scouts were especially impressed with the true opposite-field power he showed during his first pro exposure. More than just a slugger, Baty also employs a patient approach, does a good job controlling the zone and recognizes spin well enough for scouts to project him as an above-average hitter with 25-plus homer power.”
Besides his solid showing with the bat, he is also seen as a guy who can stay at third base and secure the position. Although he is a big guy to play the position and isn’t really fast, which could indicate a lack of range, he still has a very strong arm (clocked 92 MPH from the mound).
Overall, his bat is the main attraction to his game!
But what about the 2017 2nd round pick Mark Vientos?Born in the same year as Baty but drafted two years earlier. Vientos has been in pro ball for 222 games and hasn’t been as good as Baty. But that’s more than logical as he started his pro career at 17 and has reached full season ball already at 19. He was terrific in 2018 with Kingsport, slashing .287/.389/.489 but overall he has hit .265/.329/.429 in his brief pro career. Here is what MLB had to say about Vientos his offensive skills:
“Vientos’ prospect status is tied to his power ceiling, and there are but a few players his age who possess such a promising blend of size, strength and a naturally impactful right-handed swing. Vientos generates some of the best high-end exit velocities in the Mets’ entire system, flashing plus-plus power that he’s still figuring out how to get to during games. Club officials would like to see him minimize his slumps — something they believe will occur as he learns to attack more strikes and better control the zone. His strikeout and walk rates both trended in the wrong direction in his first full season, with the latter dropping to 4.8 percent from 14.1 in ’18, and some evaluators wonder if he will ever hit enough to let the power play.”
On the defensive side, he has equal flaws like Baty. He is somewhat slow and big for a third baseman, but has a strong arm, like Baty. He should develop and become a good enough third baseman to stay there. His bat will play as well. Sounds like Baty.
Overall, I think, like the prospect ranking indicates, Baty has the edge. He seems like the guy who is the more complete hitter, showing great power. His high exit velo numbers are also impressive for his age. Lots can happen in the next couple of years so who knows.
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