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With family members in the stands, Brett Baty stepped onto the big stage Wednesday night and immediately made a difference.
New York Mets’ no. 2 prospect became the fifth player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at bat.
The third baseman launched a two-run shot into the right-field positions against the National League division rival Atlanta Braves in the second inning.
Thanks to back-to-back home runs in the first inning, the Mets were already up 2-0. The 22-year-old prospect connected on a hanging curve by Braves pitcher Jake Odorizzi.
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Batty was selected No. 1 overall in the 2019 draft. 12 picks and was hitting .315 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Binghamton.
He said before the match he didn’t think too much about when he would be called up.
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“It wasn’t on my mind. I was thinking about winning ballgames for Syracuse. But now I’m here, so it’s about winning ballgames for the New York Mets,” he said.
“I’m not putting any expectations on myself. I’m just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability. I’m here for a reason. I’m going to let it show and do my best out there.”
Baty’s mother, father and other relatives flew down to Troost Park for the occasion.
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Batty is the first Mets major leaguer to hit his first homer since Mike Jacobs did it on August 21, 2005 in Washington. Jacobs was later added in a trade to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.