Binghamton Mets first baseman Allan Dykstra has been nominated for the Minor League Baseball Offensive Player of the Year award. Voting took place on MiLB.com from Oct. 3-22, and the winner will be announced on Oct. 24.
After a fractured forearm limited his appearances in 2012, Dykstra put up impressive numbers all-around in 2013 for the first place B-Mets. He ranked second in the Minors in both on-base percentage and walks. Additionally, Dykstra tallied 21 home runs, the fifth most in the Eastern League, and reached base in 44 straight games.
Dykstra was originally drafted by the SanDiego Padres, his favorite team since childhood, in 2008, before being traded to the Mets for Eddie Kunz in 2011.
In an interview with Jessica Quiroli at Double G Sports in June, Dykstra spoke of the effects of the trade.
“That was really hard and definitely hit me by surprise,” Dykstra said. “At the same time, it gave me a fresh start because it just didn’t seem like things were going to work out with them.”
It certainly seems like things are working out here.
The 26-year-old batted .274/.436/.503 for the Double-A Mets this year, hitting for the second highest slugging percentage in the Eastern League, and pulling in 82 RBIs, the fourth most.
“The older you get, the more confident approach you develop at the plate,” he added.