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Brett Baty was the youngest hitter, by far, as the Mets took Citi Field for batting practice on Saturday afternoon. The 19-year-old first-rounder stood quietly by the cage next to Robinson Cano and Juan Lagares before Mets rookie Pete Alonso strode toward Baty and introduced himself.
If Baty was shaken up by participating in batting practice on a big-league field, he certainly didn’t show it. The Texas high school left-handed third baseman deposited a myriad of home runs around the confines of Citi Field. He sprayed one to Shea Bridge, the Big Apple in dead-center and into the second deck of the Coca Cola corner.
Baty officially signed with the Mets on Saturday as the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. Baty shook hands with Brodie Van Wagenen before putting on a No. 19 Mets jersey. Baty will begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast League at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. He could then advance to the Appalachian League and the Class-A Penn League.
“Thank you to the Mets organization,” Baty said. “It's been an amazing ride from the Draft to getting out here and taking batting practice, it's just an amazing atmosphere out there on the field. And getting to talk to Pete Alonso was pretty cool. He's an awesome guy. I'm just so happy right now.”
The lefty power-hitter hails from Lake Travis High School, just outside of Austin, Texas. He was ranked the 15th-best prospect on the Baseball America 500 list. Among high school players, Baseball America ranked him as the second-best player in terms of power, the third-best hitter and as having the third-best strike-zone judgment. He was ranked the 17th-best overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.
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