Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target as MLB trade deadline looms

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Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target at the trade deadline: #3 – Brett Baty

The next two prospects land on our list not only because they are highly-regarded prospects, but because there already has been loads of reported interest in Kris Bryant by the Mets over the years. With the Mets contending at the same time as they could use a rental in the former MVP, it all seems like a perfect fit. Meet Brett Baty.

Baty is slashing .288/.377/.467 in 2021 between High and Double-A. Unfortuantely in Double-A thus far, he is batting a mere .161 in a small sample size of 31 at-bats. There’s more than enough time to get back up in the high .200s with the right adjustments, though. A 2019 first-round pick and the #73 prospect in the game according to MLB Pipeline, the #4 Mets prospect scores the following:

  • Power: 60
  • Arm: 60
  • Hit: 50
  • Fielding: 50
  • Run: 45
  • Overall: 55.

Once the slugger gets back to hitting his stride, he can quickly move up the ranks of any organization. Listed as a third baseman and left fielder, if would be nice to replace Bryant should he be dealt to the Mets. Baty is a player that if KB is traded, has a high chance of finding himself batting for the Tennessee Smokies within the next week.