Mets' No. 2 Prospect Brett Baty Tearing It Up In Spring

The New York Mets have a couple of premium prospects pushing for some major league time this spring. Third baseman Brett Baty, No. 2 on the Mets prospects list, is also No. 2 in all of MLB with his spring training numbers:

With a .458 average and a 1.177 OPS heading into Sunday's Grapefruit League play, Baty ranks second in the majors. His ridiculous .552 on-base percentage is tops overall. He's also added a home run, five RBIs, six runs and two stolen bases. 

The lefty-swinging 23-year-old is making a serious run at the starting third base job. Would the Mets let Eduardo Escobar and Luis Guillorme stand in his way? 

Defensively, after three errors early in the spring games, he's settled in nicely, and has even made some dazzling plays at third. 

In his 95 games in the minors last year, Baty showed he was ready for the next step, batting .315 with a .410 on-base and a .943 OPS. He hit 19 HR with 60 RBIs.

In his brief trial in the big leagues last season, Baty smacked a home run in his first game in The Show. However, a thumb injury short-circuited his first go-round in Queens. This spring, though, it's all thumbs-up for the rookie. 

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