Former Mets and Yankee Products Excelling in the Independent Atlantic League


By Jerry Del Priore

With the independent Atlantic League underway, here are a few players (former New York Met and New Yankee products—MLB and MiLB) who are making waves at the plate and on the bump.

Jordany Valdespin
The Long Island Ducks ink former NY Met Jordany Valdespin for 2018 season.

Jordany Valdespin – Long Island Ducks

The embattled ex-Met infielder is batting .410 (fifth in the ALPB) with three home runs (tied for 1st), 12 RBI (tied for 2nd), three walks and two stolen bases in 39 at-bats in nine games. Valdespin is a player to watch, especially if he can keep his attitude in check.  

Francisco Rodriguez – Long Island Ducks

The former Mets reliever is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one inning in one tilt. Surely, several teams will be looking to add viable, experienced bullpen help as the MLB season progresses, and K-Rod could play a pivotal role if the stars align just right.

Zach Wilson – York Revolution

Wilson, an ex-Yankee minor leaguer, is hitting .294 with three homers (tied for 1st), seven RBI, two doubles and seven bases-on-balls in 34 at-bats in 10 contests.

Tyler Badamo – Long Island Ducks

The Long Island, New York, native and former Met farmhand is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA in 9.1 frames in two game starts.

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