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Michael Conforto wins Mets organization's Player of Year award

New York Mets leftfielder Michael Conforto is greeted

New York Mets leftfielder Michael Conforto is greeted in the dugout after his solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning of a baseball game at Citi Field on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Michael Conforto's rapid ascent to the major leagues earned him yet another honor Monday, when the Mets' outfielder was named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Player of the Year.

"It's been an incredible year in this organization," said Conforto, who picked up his award during a pregame ceremony before hitting a solo homer against the Braves. "Obviously, I'm just humbled to have this award and be recognized this way."

Conforto, 22, hit his eighth homer in the second inning Monday night. He entered play hitting .286 since his promotion from Double-A Binghamton on July 24.

He had started the year at Class A St. Lucie, his first full professional season after he was chosen in the first round of the 2014 draft.

"Whenever you have guys throughout the organization making the big leagues, that's a good thing because you know that can be you too," minor-league infielder Gavin Cecchini said. "So whenever they're promoting within the organization, it's a great thing."

Pitcher Robert Gsellman earning pitcher of the year honors.

The organization also named Sterling Award winners for every affiliate.

They include Travis Taijeron (Triple-A Las Vegas), Cecchini (Double-A Binghamton), first baseman Dominic Smith (Class A St. Lucie), infielder Luis Guillorme (Class A Savannah), righthander Alex Palsha (Class A Brooklyn), catcher Patrick Mazeika and outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski (rookie-level Kingsport) and righthanded pitcher Adonis Uceta (rookie-level Gulf Coast League).

Outfielder Wagner Lagrange and righthander Nicolas Debora (Dominican Summer League) were also honored.

Extra bases

The MRI on Juan Uribe was negative and his injury is described as a bone bruise in his chest that he got diving for a ground ball during Sunday's game . . . David Wright was given a routine day off . . . Jacob deGrom's next start will come during the Reds series later this week. He had originally been scheduled to start Tuesday but was pushed back as the Mets attempt to curb his workload.

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