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2019 MLB Draft: Texas signee Brett Baty selected No. 12 overall by New York Mets

The Lake Travis standout will now decide whether he will head to the majors or stay in Austin and head to the Forty Acres

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Brett Baty has Longhorns seamheads chomping at the bit for the 2020 baseball season. The third baseman from Lake Travis High School is as coveted as they come, but as many know, in college baseball, the Major League Baseball draft is a hurdle all its own and Baty is no exception. Ranked as the No. 15 prospect by Baseball America, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound power hitter was projected to be a first-round pick heading into this year’s MLB draft, and those projections proved true, as Baty was selected by the New York Mets with the No. 12 overall pick.

Baty’s size gives him the kind of strength needed to succeed in The Show, in addition to his bat speed. One of Baty’s greatest attributes is his ability to get the barrel across the plate in a hurry.

Defensively, that’s where some scouts have identified the few weaknesses Baty possesses at third base — poor footwork being chief among them. However, because of his incredible power at the plate, none of the knocks on Baty were enough to stop a team from taking him early. His ability to send the baseball over the wall in any direction is impressive for a high school talent and when all is said and done, it’s that presence in the batter’s box and his ability to change a game offensively every time he’s at the plate, that locked him in as a sure-fire first round pick.

Many believe Baty, who will turn 20 years old in November, will head to Major League Baseball, rather than travel the collegiate route and take his talents to Texas

Baty has until July 15 to either sign with New York or remain closer to home and take his talents to Texas, which is unexpected.