From April 30 through May 9, many of the New York Mets minor league stars shined bright, but two stood out in particular.
New York Mets Minor League Position Player Of The Week: Anthony DiminoMany fans may not have heard of Anthony Dimino, but the 2015 28th round draft pick is proving why he may soon be a fan favorite. The 23-year-old Charlotte native is a lefty hitter who’s 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 175 pounds.
Remember being in the stands dreaming about the opportunities I am blessed with every day #thankful pic.twitter.com/ZhFOt8mSFD
— Anthony Dimino Jr. (@ADimino2) April 26, 2017
Dimino had a hot week at the plate for the St. Lucie Mets, batting .381 with a hit in every game last week and eight overall, to go along with four walks. He drove in two runs, scored five times and stole three bases as well.
Originally drafted as a catcher, Dimino has spent time all around the infield in his professional career. He has played most of his games as a backstop and at first base, but he has also played third and second base this season.
So far this season, Dimino is batting .406 with a .488 on-base percentage with 13 runs scored. He has also shown he isn’t the prototypical catcher, as he possesses the speed to have given him eight stolen bases in 21 games for the Columbia Fireflies and St. Lucie Mets.
Across his professional playing time, which began in 2015, Dimino is a .336 hitter with a .829 OPS and 18 stolen bases.
After you hit a walk-off… high five party! #NationalHighFiveDay pic.twitter.com/1sViYTTXpP
— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) April 20, 2017
New York Mets Minor League Pitcher Of The Week: P.J. Conlon
In P.J. Conlon’s last start on May 6, he was extremely dominant, leading the Binghamton Rumble Ponies to a 9-0 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the second game of a doubleheader (in the minors, double headers are only seven innings each.) Nonetheless, Conlon still pitched a complete game, one-hitter, striking out nine batters while only surrendering one walk.
The 23-year-old Conlon was born in Belfast, Ireland and was college teammates with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant at the University of San Diego. The left-handed pitcher was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 amateur draft.
Conlon started to turn heads in 2015 as a member of the Brooklyn Cyclones bullpen, as he posted a 0.00 ERA over 17 innings pitched to start his professional career.
In 2016, Conlon started the season as a starting pitcher with the Columbia Fireflies. He went 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA, 61 strikeouts and 10 walks. He was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team and even started the game.
Conlon was then promoted to the St. Lucie Mets and led them to the Florida State League South division title. There, Conlon went 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 14 walks.
@pjconlon29 being a trooper after another scoreless start. pic.twitter.com/01lTgYvjkw
— Adam MacDonald (@AdamMacMets) September 3, 2016
Conlon was named the 2016 MiLBYs Fans’ Choice Top Starting Pitcher and the Mets Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year.
.@pjconlon29 earned Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year honors. He owned a 1.65 ERA across two #MiLB levels. pic.twitter.com/qNsf2Q9qJJ
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 17, 2016
It may not be long now until you see Mr. Conlon in Queens with the Mets.