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Mets third baseman Brett Baty homers in first at-bat of Major League career

It didn’t take the New York Mets’ newest infielder long to make an impact, as third baseman Brett Baty hit a home run in the first at-bat of his Major League debut during Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

The 22-year-old got called up Tuesday from the Triple-A Syracuse Mets where he was slashing .364/.462/.364 in 22 plate appearances. Prior to that, he batted .312/.406/.544 with 19 home runs in 89 games for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Baty was listed as the No. 38 prospect in baseball in The Athletic’s Keith Law’s midseason rankings. Francisco Álvarez, a 20-year-old catcher listed at No. 6, was the only Mets prospect to rank higher.

The Mets have been riddled with injuries at third base this season. Eduardo Escobar is nursing a left oblique injury, and Luis Guillorme was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a groin strain. Deven Marrero started at third base for the Mets on Tuesday night against the Braves, but Baty got the nod Wednesday and showed why the Mets chose to hold on to him when multiple teams showed interest around the deadline earlier this season.

(Photo: Andy Marlin / USA Today)

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