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P.J. Conlon to make MLB debut Monday

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The left-hander will start against the Reds.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have called up P.J. Conlon from Triple-A Las Vegas to start in the place Jacob deGrom in Cincinnati on Monday night. Conlon was drafted out of the University of San Diego by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB draft and has risen quickly through the minor leagues and is currently the organization’s No. 24 ranked prospect.

The left hander has been struggling in his first year in Triple-A, with a 6.75 ERA and 21 strikeouts over five starts this season. However this is a small sample size, and the Mets are certainly looking at his previous success in the minor leagues and hoping that he can replicate that against a Reds team that is one of the worst in the league. Conlon will face off against Reds’ ace Homer Bailey who has been mediocre at best this season, pitching to a 4.81 ERA and 1.246 WHIP over seven starts.

He will look to turn around what has been a poor stretch for the Mets as of late and with deGrom looking like he will be back sooner rather than later, Conlon will most likely make only one or two starts before he is sent back down to Las Vegas.