By Jerry Del Priore
Another former Brooklyn Cyclone will make the majors on Monday, as the New York Mets added P.J. Conlon, a 2016 South Atlantic League (SAL-Mid-Level A-Ball) All-Star with the Columbia Fireflies and Mets Minor League Pitcher of the Year, to their roster Sunday.
The Mets decided to promote the lefthander when starter Jacob deGrom was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Conlon has started five games for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s this season and owns a 1-2 record and 6.75 ERA, in 2018.
Conlon was dominant as a Cyclone (short-season New York-Penn League), posting a 0.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 17 innings in 17 games, in 2015.
The 24-year-old was named a mid-season SAL All-Star after posting an 8-1 record with a 1.84 ERA in 12 starts for Columbia. The Mets prospect struck out 61 hitters and permitted just 10 walks over 78.1 innings and at one juncture won seven straight starts as a Firefly (April 14-May 23).
Conlon finished 2016 with the advanced-A St. Lucie Mets and wound up registering a minor league-best 1.65 ERA.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Conlon moved to California with his family as a child, in 1996.
Conlon will become the first Irish-born player to appear in a Major League Baseball tilt since Joe Cleary played for the Washington Nationals, in 1945.
New York drafted Conlon in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego. In 74 games (50 starts) as a New York minor leaguer, Conlon is 21-14 with a 2.68 ERA.