Former Binghamton Rumble Ponies Star Gets Call Up To Majors
Fans of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies will be seeing a familiar face with the New York Mets starting this week.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, top Mets prospect Brett Baty has been called up to the big league roster following a groin injury to infielder Luis Guillorme and side tightness for Eduardo Escobar.
Baty, named the Eastern League Player of the Month in July, was only recently called up to triple-A Syracuse before injury emergencies led to his call to the big leagues. For the Rumble Ponies this season, the 22-year-old was slashing .312/.406/.544 for an OPS of .950. He's currently ranked as the Mets second overall prospect behind another recent departure from the Rumble Ponies, catcher Francisco Alvarez.
Baty played just six games with the Syracuse Mets and at 22-years-old, it's far too early to expect that he might stick in the Major Leagues. At this stage of his development, it's likely that the Mets will utilize him as an emergency replacement until either Escobar or Guillorme are able to return to the roster. That's not to say Baty isn't capable of playing at the highest level already, but there's no need for the Mets to rush his development when they currently have the second best record in Major League Baseball. It's the same reason that Alvarez hasn't been called up yet to address a distinct lack of offense from the catcher position on the Mets.
Of course, Rumble Ponies fans shouldn't expect to see Baty back at Mirabito Stadium anytime soon. Even after his likely brief stint with the big league club, he'll return to triple-A Syracuse barring any further infield injuries to the Mets roster.