Alumni Spotlight: Former Student Drafted by New York Mets
Dowling College baseball alumnus, Tyler Badamo, was selected by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft as the 715th overall selection.
Badamo became the fifth player in Dowling Golden Lion history to be selected in the MLB Draft and his 24th round selection the highest to come out of Dowling.
The right-hander emerged as one of the top pitchers in Division II in the 2014 season. The Daktronics, ABCA and NCBWA East Region Pitcher of the Year went 9-3 with a 0.83 earned run average. In his 13 starts, he recorded 129 strikeouts in 108.1 innings of work while holding opposing batters to a .197 average. He recorded at least 10 strikeouts seven times, including a season-best 17 in a 4-1 win over Queens College.
The All-American has written his name all over the record books in his four seasons as a Golden Lion. His 129 strikeouts this season shattered the single-season record and his 384 career Ks is on top of the career leaders. As a senior, his ERA was second in all of Division II, while his strikeout total tied for first in the nation. He also tossed five complete games and two shutouts while having a streak of 72.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Badamo headlined a Dowling pitching staff that topped the NCAA Division II with a 2.42 ERA and finished fourth with a 3.16 strikeout-to-walk ratio and seventh with a 1.15 WHIP.
Following his final season as a Golden Lion, Badamo was assigned to the Gulf Coast League where he compiled 31 innings allowing just nine earned runs and 26 strikeouts.
This year, he was brought up the Mets single A affiliate the Brooklyn Cyclones. Badamo was sent to the hill for the Cyclones season opener at the Staten Island Yankees where he allowed just two runs with five strikeouts in six innings of work. The Cyclones went on to pick up the 3-2 win in 10 innings. To date, Badamo is 2-5 in nine starts. He has turned in 52.1 innings with a 3.10 ERA, 45 strikeouts and holding opponents to just a .191 average.