With the No. 12 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Mets selected 3B Brett Baty out of Lake Travis High School in Texas.
The No. 17 prospect in the Draft, according to MLB Pipeline, Baty is highly touted for having a very advanced approach at the plate. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Baty has very good power at 19 years old from the left side of the dish.
Baty was on hand in Secaucus, N.J. for the Draft, and was all smiles when he heard his name called. He admitted not having any idea the Mets were going to call.
"I was honestly so surprised. I had no idea," he told the New York media. "When I heard my name, I got so happy, overflowed with emotion. I went to my family -- biggest support system I have -- it's just amazing to be able to celebrate with them."
The last Mets third baseman to be drafted in the first round and become a star in Queens was obviously David Wright, who is someone Baty aspires to be.
The last third baseman that the Mets took in the first round? David Wright in 2001.- SNY (@SNYtv) June 4, 2019
Brett Baty on etching his name next to the likes of Wright: "It's great to be able to see how much success he had and know that I could be that for the Mets one day" pic.twitter.com/1stq2hHGpp
"It's great to be able to look up at him and see how much success he had and know that I could be that for the Mets one day," Baty said. "It's great to have that kind of role model in my life."
As for the current Mets, Baty looks up to another long-time MLB vet in Robinson Cano. Being a powerful lefty, he appreciates what No. 24 can do with the bat.
"Robinson Cano is one of the players I really root for," Baty explained. "He's got that sweet left-handed swing and power bat. I can kind of see myself a little bit like that. But I definitely root for him now."
Baty plays third, but some believe he could transition into a first baseman. MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds said on air that Baty, to him, is Freddie Freeman "with power." That's a pretty good comparison.
Being a top pick in the first round, Baty has a difficult choice now. He committed to the University of Texas -- his dream school being a local product -- and can still bypass signing with the Mets to go play for the Longhorns. However, he's not sure at the moment what to do.
"Yeah, it's definitely a tough decision (to sign) because I'm a hometown kid, I'm from Austin, TX. I've grown up loving the Longhorns my whole life but this is a dream come true and it's going to be a tough decision."
But he has to admit: He does love New York.
"Yeah, I love New York. The city, the atmosphere around it. It's an awesome city and I can't wait to get here."