May 22, 2009

Former Bobcat Antonini Called up to Triple-A

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Former Georgia College & State University lefty Michael Antonini (2006-07) continues to work his way up the ranks in the New York Mets organization, getting the call-up to the Triple-A level.

Antonini has made two starts for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, members of AAA International League. The jump to Buffalo makes it the fourth level of minor leagues Antonini has played in the last two seasons.

He was invited to Spring Training by the Mets this season, then positioned to Double-A Binghamton. For the B-Mets, he went 4-1 over six starts with a 4.88 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 31 1/3 innings.

The Aston, Pa. native was an All-American for the Bobcats in 2006 and in his two seasons after transferring from Glouster County College, went 18-7 with a 3.42 ERA. Antonini also fanned 153 in his 192 innings over that two-year span as the Bobcat ace. He was selected in the 18th round by the Mets in the 2007 draft.

In two starts for Buffalo, Antonini is 0-1 with 10 earned runs over 7 1/3 innings, adding six strikeouts.

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