There is SUNY Binghamton, and the Binghamton Mets. That is about all there is in this small, quintessential blue collar town in upstate New York, Though this isn’t about the university, or about the town itself, but rather the only remnants of its relationship to the downstate affairs in the Big Apple: the Binghamton Mets.
While often an afterthought in the community, and with impending threats of their departure seemingly every year, the Binghamton Mets are actually an intriguing group which may halt thoughts of relocation for at least another season. Last year’s Eastern League Division champions are filled with highly touted prospects showcasing their talent down in Port St.Lucie with the big club.
The Binghamton Mets are becoming a known commodity due to their up and coming plethora of young talent. Now, it is time to look at a few Mets with the double-A club poised to make an impact with the big club sooner rather than later.
It is entirely possible Matz may not even begin the season, or be relegated to beautiful Binghamton ever again during his tenure in the Mets organization. While his record with the Binghamton Mets last season was not stellar (6-5), his ERA was 2.27. Additionally, the lefty recorded a 1.12 WHIP while holding batters to under a. 250 average. Although he may not return, Matz has paved the way for notable pitchers within the organization to pass through on their way to the big show. In fact, with the injury to Wheeler, it is plausible Matz will make his New York Mets debut this season, though multiple reports confirm his initial point of entry for the 2015 season will be in triple A Las Vegas.
Though his statistics do not jump off the page at the minor league level, His minor league average is 278 and last season he cranked out ten home runs, showcasing he has the ability to hit for power. Nimmo is a player to keep an eye on going forward. He has participated in multiple futures games at All-Star weekend, and having the opportunity to view him up close at the future games on 2013 at Citi Field, it is clear he has the tools to contribute to the big club. It is likely Nimmo will begin the season in Binghamton, but depending on his progress he could be out quickly and onto sin city.
Despite its longstanding history in a lonely town, the Binghamton Mets have a distinguished alumni base which has helped the New York Mets throughout its existence. Players from the 2000 World Series team including: Benny Agbayani, Edgardo Alfonzo and Bobby Jones were members of the Binghamton Mets. Others such as Jason Bay were originally with the Binghamton Mets before continuing on elsewhere. Finally, pitchers Scott Kazmir and Nelson Figueroa both began their careers in Binghamton, harnessing their talents before moving on to other destinations.