The Mets’ No. 1 draft pick, and 12th overall pick in the MLB draft, smashed a pitch over the left-field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning to spark the K-Mets to an 8-4 Appalachian League win over the Greeneville Reds at Hunter Wright Stadium on Saturday night.
The win was the fourth straight for Kingsport (12-12) and snapped a four-game winning streak for Greeneville (10-14).
Baty’s home run was his only hit of the night, but it continued his hot streak at Hunter Wright.
The 19-year-old, who was drafted by the Mets out of high school in Austin, Texas, started his professional career this summer in Florida playing for the Mets’ Gulf Coast rookie league team. He was called up to Kingsport on July 2 and had a rough start to begin his stint with the K-Mets.
Baty was hitless in his first 14 at-bats for the K-Mets. Since then, he’s gone 4-for-11 with two home runs.
Kingsport jumped ahead with a three-run second inning, but Greeneville answered in the third with four runs to take a short-lived 4-3 lead.
The K-Mets tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third when Jaylen Palmer led off the frame with a double to right field and later scored on a two-out single from Wilfred Astudillo.
The score remained tied until the bottom the seventh when Gregory Guerrero doubled to right field and scored on Baty’s homer.
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Guerrero, who finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, gave the K-Mets some added security in the bottom of the eighth inning by delivering a home run of his own.
The cousin of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smacked a two-run shot over the left-field fence to close out the scoring.
Gregory Guerrero finished the game going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.
Kingsport’s Kennie Taylor finished 3-for-5 with a triple and two singles. He also had an RBI in the contest.
Palmer went 2-for-5 for the K-Mets.
Greeneville’s Christian Olivio went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while A.J. Bumpass finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Reds.
Cameron Warren had a 2-for-5 performance for Greeneville.
ON THE MOUND
Kingsport’s Christopher Dominguez (2-1) picked up the win in relief. The 19-year-old left-hander threw the final five innings, holding Greeneville scoreless on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Randy Wynne took the loss for the Reds. He threw three innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
The two teams are scheduled to face each other again on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium.