Saturday, July 17, 2010
2009 Binghamton Mets Mike Antonini
Who is this? Binghamton Mets pitcher Mike Antonini
What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Binghamton Mets team set
Where'd I get it? Antonini signed it before a game in Trenton earlier this year.
How much did it cost? The team set cost less than $10
Why is this so special? An 18th round draft pick in 2007, Antonini probably does not factor into the Mets' long-term plans. He had a chance to impress during major league spring training in 2009, thanks to a large number of Mets players being away from camp at the World Baseball Classic.
Antonini did perform well enough for the Mets to decide to bring him to New York for the exhibition series against the Boston Red Sox that opened CitiField, but he wasn't brought back to major league camp in 2010.
Antonini is spending his second full season in AA Binghamton, where he is 6-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 19 starts. I would guess that if he has any shot to make it to the major leagues, it would be out of the bullpen.
Antonini appears to have greatly abbreviated his name, reducing it to just "M_k A_t__ 23" for his autograph.