The New York Mets have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Dustin Beggs from the Lexington Legends, today the independent Atlantic League team announced on Twitter.
Beggs, 28, posted a 1-0 record and a 4.15 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 26.0 innings of work in five games, all of which were starts, with Lexington.
Beggs sports a 27-19 MiLB career mark with a 3.65 ERA with 327 punch outs in 404.0 frames in 90 contests.
The Miami Marlins selected Beggs out of the University of Kentucky in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. The St. Louis Cardinals and Mets drafted the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Colorado Springs, Colo, native in the ’14 and ’15 MLB Drafts, respectively.
The Legends also sold the contract of former Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani to the Chicago Cubs.
“We have had tremendous success on the field this year,” Andy Shea, Legends President and CEO, said in a press release. “We have truly enjoyed Dustin and Tony’s time spent in Cat Country and in Reds Country. It is really great seeing MLB teams realizing that success and signing these young men to their organizations.”
Cingrani and Beggs’ signings make them the fifth and sixth Lexington players to join MLB affiliated franchises this season. They followed Nick Lovullo (Marlins), Tim Peterson (Angels), Mike Hauschild (Cubs), and Nate Peden (Brewers).
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— Jerry Del Priore