Patrick Joshua (P.J.) Conlon graduated from El Dorado (CA) High School where he posted a career 2.15 ERA and 111 strikeouts... Attended the University of San Diego...Became the first freshman in USD history to begin a season 9-0...Was a two-time all-WCC first-team selection (freshman and junior seasons)...Helped lead USD to a West Coast Conference Championship as a junior...Was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland before his parents moved the family to California in 1996...Younger brother, Noah, is a sophomore at UC San Diego...Noah is a middle infielder and a righthanded pitcher.
Made his major league debut on May 7 at Cincinnati...Became the first Belfast native to play in the majors in over 100 years...Henry "Irish" McIlveen, who played from 1906, 1908-1909 with Pittsburgh and the New York Highlanders, was the last player from Belfast to appear in the majors before Conlon...Became the 46th Irish-born player to play in the majors and first since Joe Cleary pitched for the Washington Senators on August 4, 1945 for the Washington Senators...Courtesy of Elias...Pitched three games in the majors (two starts)...Appeared in 23 games (21 starts) for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, going 4-9 with a 6.55 ERA (83 earned runs/114.0 innings)... Tossed nine quality starts for the 51s..
Tossed three complete-game, 7.0-inning shutouts...His first, a one-hitter, came in the second game of a doubleheader on May 6 at New Hampshire...Also tossed two three-hitters, May 24 at Richmond and July 18 vs. Akron...Compiled an 8-8 record with a 3.57 ERA (51 earned runs/128.2 innings pitched) in 22 starts… In 128.2 innings as a starter, he gave up 125 hits, 52 runs with 35 walks and 100 strikeouts...Was 0-1 with one save in six relief outings…Gave up one unearned run and five hits coming out of the bullpen… Went 1.1 innings to earn a save at home vs. Erie on August 30...Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings in a 1-0 loss to Akron at home on May 11...Pitched 6.0 or more innings 15 times, including seven starts of 7.0 or more innings...Had a season-best nine strikeouts at New Hampshire on May 6...Went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA (11 earned runs/34.0 innings pitched) in five starts in May...In 34.0 innings, he permitted 28 hits with three walks and 25 strikeouts... Went 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA (six earned runs/32.2 innings) in five July starts…Permitted 28 hits with six walks and 23 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.
Named the Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year...Went a combined 12-2 with a 1.65 ERA (26 earned runs/142.0 innings) between Columbia (A) of the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Was selected to the South Atlantic League midseason All-Star team...Led all Mets minor leaguers with a 1.65 ERA...His 12 victories were tied for second-most among Mets minor leaguers...Won seven consecutive starts with Columbia from April 14-May 23...Worked 10.0 innings on June 4 vs. Hagerstown (threw 97 total pitches)...Was the first minor league pitcher in 11 years to pitch at least 10 innings in a game...Selected as the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 30-June 5...Voted as having the best changeup in the South Atlantic League by Baseball Americia...Was on the 7-Day Disabled List from July 21-July 30 with a left knee contusion...Earned his only save of the season on August 5 vs. Bradenton...Voted Minor League Baseball's Fans' Choice for Best Starting Pitcher in 2016...Did not allow a run in his final 20.2 innings with St. Lucie to end the regular season.