This is our third consecutive year writing a preview article for P.J. Conlon, so it’s less of a preview and more a “hi, how’s it going? It’s been a few months since we’ve talked!” Things have changed though for Conlon as he made his major league debut last year! And then a whole bunch of other things happened too.
Before we recap Conlon’s 2018, just like last year’s preview we wanted to remind you of how funny he is.
— PJ Conlon (@pjconlon29) June 6, 2018
Me and my 5 spot are coming for the crown next season.. https://t.co/jt8qw0kL01
— PJ Conlon (@pjconlon29) October 4, 2018
Both of these tweets hit on some highlights for Conlon last year. He made his major league debut, becoming the only British (Northern Ireland) born pitcher to record any strikeouts in the league last year. He also got claimed by the Dodgers after his cup of coffee with the Mets and before he could be used with the Dodgers, got put on waivers again and was claimed by the Mets and now has another NRI to spring training.
2018 MLB: 7.2 IP, & ER, 2 BB, 5 K
2018 PCL: 4-9, 23 G, 114.0 IP, 6.55 ERA, 1.632 WHIP
Career Minors: 3.52 ERA,1.230 WHIP
This was the first year we saw a huge departure, statistics wise, from Conlon’s career ERA and WHIP. We will be watching how he recovers in Syracuse. The Mets are still incredibly thin at starting pitching and if they decide to keep Lugo and Gsellman in the pen if they need another starter, then Conlon is on the short list with Flexen to see time.
Anyway, I can’t leave a Conlon article without reposting what we wrote about him the first time:
I couldn’t read his profiles and not think of Tim Kurkjian’s new book I’m Fascinated By Sacrifice Flies where he spends time talking about the abundance of power throwing lefties in the league now. You used to have just a handful as recently as Billy Wagner’s time, but now they’re all over the league. This makes Conlon an old school style lefty pitcher. That being said, the local Belfast paper still posted a video of him hitting 90-mph as if it was something amazing. Which it is. As baseball fans in America, we have gotten used to the idea of 90-mph as practically slow in the minors when this is a human feat of strength to get that.
Ultimately this is his lane. The Mets have a lefty problem anyway that recently got better with the Wilson signing. Conlon is still a fascinating, and hilarious, pitcher. Let’s see what happens!