Brad Malm’s baseball season began with a home run barrage that set records at the University at Albany. It ended with home run bomb that helped a New York Mets minor league team win a title.
The 2017 Patchogue-Medford graduate’s second-inning solo home run gave the St. Lucie Mets 3-0 lead, en route to the team’s 6-3 win over Dunedin to secure the Florida State League championship. Playing on the spring training home field of the New York Mets, Malm’s blast was a no-doubter that landed 30 feet beyond the left field wall.
Malm played first base for St. Lucie during the squad’s undefeated four-game stretch in the playoffs.
On Sunday, he smacked a triple and scored a run during the Mets’ 6-5 win over Dunedin in Game 1 of the championship series. Last Thursday in the first round of the playoffs, he drew a sixth-inning walk that started a three-run rally and led to a series-clinching 3-2 win over Palm Beach.
Only a few months ago, Malm was finishing off his collegiate career at Albany. As the team’s starting shortstop, the student-athlete mashed big-time for the Great Danes in 2022, especially early in the season when he amassed eight home runs in Albany’s first seven games. For the season, he hit .340 and with 15 homers and 49 RBIs, earning All-Conference honors.
After going undrafted in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft, he inked a free agent deal with the New York Mets and soon began play with St. Lucie, the organization’s Single-A affiliate.
Malm is one of three Patchogue-Medford baseball alumni playing professional baseball.
Matt Vogel, a 2013 graduate is on the Long Island Ducks, after playing most of the spring and summer with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate Norfolk. Medford native and former New York Met Marcus Stroman, 31, is pitching for the Chicago Cubs this season. The veteran starter is 4-7 this season.
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