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Patchogue-Medford baseball alumnus Brad Malm made his debut for the Mets on Friday in New York’s spring training game against Houston in St. Lucie.
The 2017 Pat-Med High School graduate began the game on the bench, but subbed in at first base for Daniel Vogelbach in the sixth inning. He remained in the game and was on the field for the final out in the Mets’ 7-2 win at Clover Park.
Malm, 23, struck out in his only plate appearance, but he saw plenty of action in the field, catching two pop-flys and three putouts. He also made a nice save on an errant pickoff attempt in the eighth inning. Playing first base, the Medford native had plenty of TV face time on the Mets’ SNY broadcast.
Malm’s moment in the Florida sun came less than a year after he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Mets out of the University at Albany. Earlier on Friday, he was assigned from the organization’s minor league camp to the Mets.
After graduating from Albany in May and signing with the Mets last summer, Malm played for the St. Lucie Mets, the franchise’s Single A minor league affiliate. Playing at Clover Park last September in the Florida State League championship, Malm hit a solo home run that helped propel St. Lucie to a 6-3 win.
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