Mulvey on board, could see Double-A

NEW YORK -- Kevin Mulvey has been keeping tabs on the Binghamton Mets, even realizing that the Double-A affiliate is currently playing a series in Trenton, N.J. - a short drive from his Parlin, N.J. home.

The Mets announced Wednesday that they have come to terms with Mulvey, their first selection and second-round pick in the June draft. The 22-year-old right-hander was taken as a junior from Villanova University.

In keeping with their recent trend of challenging young, talented pitchers, the Mets hope to test Mulvey at Double-A Binghamton by the end of the month. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound starter will first report to the Mets' training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and if deemed physically ready for game action, will join Binghamton for their postseason push.

"It's amazing," Mulvey said. "I can't wait. It's something I've been waiting for all my life. It's a dream come true."

The Mets did not have a first round selection this season because they signed free agent Billy Wagner over the offseason, so the Mets' first pick came in the 62nd overall slot.

Mulvey, who graduated from Bishop George Ahr High School in New Jersey and grew up following both the Mets and the Yankees, caught the team's eye. In three years at Villanova, Mulvey was 14-16 with a 4.43 ERA in 41 starts, going 3-8 with a 3.61 ERA and five complete games as a junior.

"He has the ability to pitch, he throws strikes," Mets GM Omar Minaya said. "He's a good athlete. One thing we also take into account is the person. We like what Kevin is about."

Mulvey threw a bullpen session on Monday at Shea Stadium, and could wind up progressing through the system faster than expected. The Mets' last two top picks were also collegiate pitchers, right-handers Philip Humber (2004) and Mike Pelfrey (2005), the latter of whom has pitched at four levels - including the major leagues - in his first professional season.

First, Mulvey will have to prove he is in game shape after not pitching since May. He said he has been keeping in shape by working out and running, and expects to be ready if called upon before September.

"The key is we got Kevin on board," Minaya said. "We're looking forward to seeing him pitch in the near future."


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