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With family members in the stands, Brett Baty stepped onto the big stage on Wednesday evening and immediately made the difference.
The No. 2 prospect of the New York Mets became the fifth player in franchise history to hit a homerun in his first Major League at bat.
The third baseman launched a two-run shot into the rightfield seats in the second inning against National League division rival Atlanta Braves.
The Mets already led 2-0, thanks to back-to-back homeruns in the first inning. The 22-year-old prospect connected on a hanging curve from Braves pitcher Jake Odorizzi.
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Baty was the #12 overall pick in the 2019 draft, hitting .315 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Binghamton.
He said before the game that he wasn’t thinking too much about when he would be called up.
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“I wasn’t thinking about it at all. I was just thinking about winning ball games for Syracuse. But now I’m here, so it’s about winning ball games for the New York Mets,” he said.
“I don’t put any expectations on myself. I just go out and play to the best of my ability. I’m here for a reason. I’ll show it and do my best out there.”
Baty’s mother, father and other relatives who flew into Truist Park for the occasion at short notice jumped from their seats.
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Baty is the first Mets Major Leaguer to homer his first time since Mike Jacobs did it on August 21, 2005 in Washington. Jacobs was later included in a trade to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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