With deals at last year’s trading deadline along with the re-acquisition of Kelly Johnson earlier this season, don’t expect there to be much movement within the farm system of the New York Mets. A lower-level player could be dealt for a veteran reliever but there won’t be the dealing of a top prospect like Michael Fulmer was a year ago. Players that were promoted such as Michael Conforto last year and Brandon Nimmo this year means the likelihood of a significant Minor League piece helping out the big club will be limited to September 1st call-ups or the occasional spot start.
Left-handed pitcher P.J. Conlon just might be the Mets’ organizational Pitcher of the Year for 2016. The 22-year Conlon was recently promoted to St. Lucie of the Florida State League where his domination has continued. In five games for the Mets, he is 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA, a span covering 33 innings. He has allowed eight earned runs while surrendering only one home run with a WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) of 1.00. For the season, he is a sparkling 11-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 17 starts, pitching a total of 111 1/3 innings. Conlon, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland was the Mets’ 13th round selection in the 2015 Draft out of the University of San Diego.
Let’s stay in the Sunshine State where St. Lucie has gotten of to a fast start in the second half of Florida State League play. Before losing on Tuesday night, the Mets had reeled off six straight victories, putting their record at 15-10, in first place by a half game in the FSL’s South division. This mark is all the more impressive considering that shortstop Amed Rosario, one of the team’s best players in the first half, was promoted to Double A Binghamton. However, the one-two punch of Conlon and Ricky Knapp at the top of the rotation means St. Lucie will continue to be a tough team to face as the Summer rolls on
First baseman Dominic Smith continues to shine for Binghamton. He has 14 hits in his last 37 at-bats, a span covering ten games. The organization’s #1 prospect according to mlb.com, Smith is fourth among Eastern League hitters with 65 RBI’s. New York’s #1 pick in 2013 out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, Smith leads the B-Mets in batting average at .294, hits with 98 and doubles with 18 and is second in on-base percentage at .353. The 21-year old Lefty swinger was selected for this year’s Futures Game and played for the United States squad. He went 0-4 with an RBI on a force out, one of only three runs the U.S. scored on the way to a 11-3 loss. His steady rise through the organization should result in a promotion to the big club some time in 2017.
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