Two of the Columbia Fireflies All-Star selections are moving up.
Pitcher P.J. Conlon and second baseman Vinny Siena and were promoted Thursday to St. Lucie, the advanced Class A affiliate of the New York Mets. Both played in the South Atlantic All-Star game Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.
Conlon, the starter for the South in Tuesday’s all-star game, lead the SAL with eight wins and was second with a 1.84 ERA. He won seven straight decisions at one point and became the first Fireflies’ pitcher to be named SAL Pitcher of the Week for his effort against Hagerstown on June 4.
The 22-year-old was the first minor league pitcher since 2005 to go 10 innings in a start in the no-decision against the Suns.
“I don’t know what they have in mind for my future so I’m just taking it day by day,” Conlon said last week. “If I get moved up, I get moved up. I try not to think about things like that because it is out of my control.”
Siena, 14th round draft pick by the Mets in 2015, hit .291 with 13 RBIs and 16 doubles during his time in Columbia.
The Fireflies also announced that outfielder Vicente Lupo was sent to short-season Brooklyn.