By Jerry Del Priore
Former Columbia Lion Dario Pizzano had an opportunity to play for the New York Mets in their Spring Training game against the Houston Astros.
Pizzano, who manned first base for the Mets in Grapefruit League action, went 0-1 with a walk and run scored in New York’s 8-7 defeat to the Astros (4-3) at First Data Field Saturday afternoon. Pizzano is hitting .250 thus far in Spring Training.
The 27-year-old elected free agency after seven season within the Seattle Mariners organization, reaching as high as Triple-A in 2016 and 2017. He signed with New York (4-4) during the offseason in late November.
Pizzano batted .285 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI in 400 at-bats in 107 games with Double-A Arkansas in 2018.
The Massachusetts native is mostly likely ticketed to start the year with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Eastern League, according to online sources.