Mets Add to Their Farm System with Signings of Atlantic Leaguers Aaron Laffey, Joey Wong


Aaaron Laffty
New York Mets sign pitcher Aaron Laffey from Somerset Patriots.

The New York Mets continued to add more minor league depth off the independent Atlantic League’s roster by purchasing the contracts of pitcher Aaron Laffey (Somerset Patriots) and infielder Joey Wong (Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) over the last week.

Laffey, 33, will report to Triple-A Las Vegas, while Wong has been playing with Double-A Binghamton, where he has gone 1-3 with a home run, a RBI and three walks in two games.

Laffey was 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 20.1 innings pitched in four starts for the Patriots this season. 2018 was his second season with Somerset and in the Atlantic League.

The lefty posted a 1-1 record with a 2.82 ERA over four starts with the Patriots last year, including five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in his first start of the year. He whiffed 19 batters over 22 innings before the Arizona Diamondbacks organization purchased his contract on May 15. He went 5-3 over 21 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Reno to finish his 2017 season.

Joey Wong
New York inks Joey Wong from Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

A major league veteran, Laffey has eight years of service in the big leagues, including four seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2007-10), half of a season split between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees (2011) and time with the Toronto Blue Jays (2012-13), Mets (2013) and Colorado Rockies (2015). Over 156 games in the majors (68 starts), Laffey recorded 26 wins with a 4.44 ERA in 494.1 innings of work.

Wong, 30, appeared in 18 tilts between shortstop and second base, batting .239 with 5 RBI and 10 runs scored for the Blue Crabs before the Mets bought his contract.

 

 

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