Minoring in British – Serena Promoted, Conlon An All Star

Not a full round-up of Brits in the minors, merely a quick note to report some great news for a couple of our prospects.

Angels outfielder/infielder Jordan Serena‘s rise through the LA club’s system this year has been meteoric. He disappointingly started the year back in Single A Burlington, hitting the skids straight out of the blocks before a liberating spell with the High A Inland Empire 66ers – Jordan slashed 243/276/600 in a 30 game stop at the level – including 6 extra base hits.

He made the step up again last week, with a promotion to the Mobile Bay Bears of the AA Southern League. In 3 games so far it looks like the new threads suit him. He’s uncorked his first four bagger of the season, and a couple of doubles to show a healthy OPS of 1.289.

Belfast born P.J. Conlon‘s steady rise up the Mets top prospects rankings received another boost as he was named as part of the five man pitching battery for the Eastern team in the AA Eastern League All Star Game. The game takes place July 12 at the home of the Blue Jays AA affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats – MiLB.com subscribers can watch it live.

Conlon is the Eastern League strikeout leader with 74 Ks in the book following yesterday’s 6 inning shutout of the Harrisburg Senators. After a fast paced start, his figures have levelled off to a 3.88 ERA – this reflects the fact that wiley AA veterans may have caught up with his lack of overpowering stuff. At 23 Conlon is still young for a AA starter, and there remains a legitimate shout for him to make the Majors in the next couple of years.

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