PHILADELPHIA — There may not be a Mets participant, prospect or coach who higher is aware of Francisco Alvarez — and his sport — than Brett Baty.
The membership’s two top prospects — one a standout third baseman, one a stud catcher — have been teammates for many of their climb by the system.
And there may not be a Mets participant, prospect or coach who speaks increased of Alvarez than does Baty.
“He deserves that No. 1 [prospect] ranking in baseball,” Baty mentioned earlier than the Mets’ 7-2 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday. “He is the best player I’ve ever played with, for sure.”
Baty then appeared round a significant league clubhouse forward of the third sport of his career.
“I don’t know about [that] anymore,” he added with a smile.
Baty, who went 1-for-3 with a two-run single within the Mets’ win on Friday evening, and Alvarez made their skilled debuts collectively in 2019 with the Gulf Coast League Mets, shortly after Baty was the membership’s first-round draft choose and a year after Alvarez was signed as a world free agent.
Each was part of the Mets’ participant pool on the alternate web site in 2020. Baty beat Alvarez to High-A Brooklyn in 2021, then was promoted sooner to Double-A Binghamton. Both prospects opened this year in Binghamton, and Alvarez moved faster, leaping to Triple-A Syracuse in July whereas Baty didn’t get the call-up till this month.
Of course, Baty performed simply six video games with Syracuse earlier than accidents to Luis Guillorme and Eduardo Escobar helped him beat Alvarez to the key leagues.
Though they don’t seem to be teammates proper now, they’re nonetheless texting.
“He was like, ‘I’m so happy for you, congratulations,’ stuff like that,” Baty mentioned. “He was like, ‘I love you.’ I texted him back, it was awesome.”
Baty made an instantaneous influence — actually — by blasting a house run in Atlanta on Wednesday together with his first main league swing.
Baty isn’t a Mets decision-maker and isn’t lobbying for his pal to get the call-up, too. But every time Alvarez’s time comes, Baty mentioned he believes he will likely be able to make an influence, too.
“I know the kind of player he is, and I know how serious he takes this,” mentioned the 22-year-old, who was enjoying third base and batting eighth on Friday. “If that was the chance that he was given, I do know he would give one hundred pc.
“Like I said, he’s the best hitter I’ve ever seen.”
The Mets have lost catcher James McCann to the injured record twice this season and are enjoying proper now with out Tomas Nido, who’s on the COVID-19 record. So far, they’ve sought extra skilled assist than Alvarez, first with Patrick Mazeika and at present with Michael Perez, who caught Chris Bassitt on Friday.
The calls for of a catcher, who has to be taught each opposing pitchers and his personal, are extra intense than for a 3rd baseman. The Mets have held off calling up the 20-year-old, righty-hitting Alvarez, who had a greater likelihood of discovering a DH position earlier than the membership traded for righty-hitting Darin Ruf.
Alvarez destroyed Double-A pitching in 67 video games (with 18 house runs and a .922 OPS) earlier than an up-and-down begin with Syracuse, the place he was discovering his means on base however hitting simply .167 in his first 29 video games.
The solely path to a promotion this season could be additional accidents to the Mets’ catchers or designated hitter choices. But if these accidents do strike and Alvarez’s telephone rings, Baty mentioned he believes his buddy may help.
“If it happens, it happens,” Baty mentioned. “If it doesn’t, he’ll be ready to go next year.”