July 29, 2008

Former Bobcat Antonini Makes Second Minor-League Move of the Year

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Lefty starter Michael Antonini (2006-07) continues to work his way through the minor league system for the New York Mets, making his second move up this season, this time heading to the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

He started the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class-A South Atlantic League, going 4-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 61 strikeouts over 73 innings.

Then in late June, Antonini was called up to High Class-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. There he compiled an impressive resume of 4-0 in seven starts, with a stingy 1.84 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 44 innings.

Since the call-up to Binghamton, he's made one start, allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings while fanning five in a loss to the Akron Aeros.

"I chose to come to GCSU mainly because it was a great opportunity for me to come down to a warm climate program and have the chance compete for valuable innings for a nationally ranked team," Antonini said in and interview before the season. "GCSU helped prepare me for the next level of baseball and is one of the reasons that I have gotten the chance to follow my lifelong dream, playing professional baseball."

The Aston, Pa. native was an All-American in for the Bobcats 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.