Long Island’s Joe Suozzi takes giant step toward playing for the Mets


Glen Cove native Joe Suozzi has reached the top of the food chain in minor league baseball.

The Mets farmhand — whose dad Tom is a former congressman and Nassau County executive – has been promoted to New York’s triple-A affiliate Syracuse. And he’s off to a blazing start, smashing a home run and a single in his first three at bats with the club.

In the starting lineup last night for the first time since his Aug. 1 call-up, the outfielder crushed his first AAA home run — a two-run shot — in Syracuse against Worcester.

Suozzi, 25, has now played at every level of the Mets’ farm system this season (this includes a rehab stint in rookie ball).

The lifelong Mets fan began the year with Brooklyn, New York’s single-A team. After hitting .283 in 29 games with the Cyclones, Suozzi was moved up to double-A ball and assigned to Binghamton just before Memorial Day weekend in May.

With the Rumble Ponies, Suozzi played in 30 games, slugging three home runs and batting .248.

When New York traded outfielders Mark Canha and Tommy Pham at the MLB trading deadline, the big league club needed to call up two Syracuse players. Hence, the opportunity for Suozzi’s promotion on Aug. 1.

A graduate of Chaminade High School, Suozzi is the eldest son of Tom. He signed with the Mets in 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College.

During spring training, he made his New York Mets debut, flying out to right field in his only at bat and playing first base. Last year, he played for Brooklyn Cyclones, hitting eight home runs with 32 RBIs in 232 at bats.

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