By Jerry Del Priore
After beginning the 2019 campaign with the New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League have signed outfielder/infielder Dario Pizzano for the season, the team announced today
Pizzano batted .226 with three home runs, 15 RBI and 18 walks in 115 at-bats in 35 games before the Mets recently released him.
The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season in the Seattle Mariners organization with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, hitting .285 with 11 dingers and 59 RBI.
The former 15th round selection out of Columbia University started his professional baseball career with the Mariners, playing for seven seasons before signing with the New York Mets in November of 2018.
Pizzano’s best year came in 2013, in which he smacked a .311 batting average with eight longballs and 70 RBI.
The Boston, Massachusetts, native owns a .280 batting average and has launched 56 homers and driven in 376 runs, to go along with 157 doubles and 28 triples across his eight seasons of professional baseball. His career numbers also include an impressive .429 slugging percentage.