Missions infielder, Padres prospect Matt Batten: a first look

Matt Batten playing third base for the San Antonio Missions on May 5, 2021 against Corpus Christi. - photo by Joe Alexander
Matt Batten playing third base for the San Antonio Missions on May 5, 2021 against Corpus Christi. – photos by Joe Alexander
Matt Batten took one step closer to the big leagues Wednesday when he was promoted from the San Antonio Missions to the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

Batten was the Missions’ 2021 opening day starter at third base. He played in six of the Missions’ first seven games.

The 5-foot-11 infielder was a 32nd-round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2017 draft. He had .299 batting average in 109 games with the Chihuahuas in 2019 with six home runs and 48 RBIs.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I changed the spelling of Batten’s first name from “Mat” to “Matt” in this story after it was updated by the Missions. Batten’s milb.com bio page has it spelled both ways depending on where you look. His full first name is “Matthew.”

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