Milledge Getting Ready for Team USA & The AFL

Lastings Milledge started the year at St.Lucie and struggled mightily but is hitting .337 in his 48 games in the pitching rich Eastern League. Milledge left the B-Mets after Saturday's day-night double-header against the Yankees Double-A team in Trenton to join Team USA and will play this off-season as a member of the Arizona Fall League.

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Lastings Milledge is content with the season he has put together so far, although he is uncertain just how close he is to making his debut with the Mets.

"It's been a pretty good year. I'm happy with that. I started off really slow, I was hitting like .174 in my first 70 at-bats, but it's pretty much clicked since then," said Milledge.

The young, promising outfielder hasn't gotten himself overly excited about getting a chance to play on Team USA, but he does harbor anticipation about playing in the Arizona Fall League this off-season with some of the best minor league talent in the game.

Milledge will miss the final week of the minor league regular season to compete with Team USA in international play. He doesn't have to worry about missing any potential post-season action as the B-Mets find themselves 17 games under .500, in last place of the Eastern League North, long since eliminated from any chance of post-season play.

"It's just baseball. I'm just gonna go over there and help them bring back the title," said the confident Milledge.

He sees his chance in the Arizona Fall League as much more of an opportunity to learn from the minor leagues greats and gives the impression that he just can't wait to start playing in the desert.

"It'll be a nice opportunity to see how those guys carry themselves, how they approach the game, spending time with them around the cage. You know you're going to be playing in the Major Leagues with them so it'll be nice to make some friendships," said Milledge.

Milledge is the most talked about name in the Mets system in terms of being Major League ready, although Milledge himself admits to thinking about it, but not getting caught up in it. He doesn't see himself getting that call anytime in the near future. He hasn't let himself believe that he can be called to the majors from the doldrums of Binghamton, even though he thinks about it often.

"I think about it all the time, especially when you see guys like Jacobs. It makes you think about it a little bit and gauge how well you can do up there. You're so close, yet so far away [at Double-A]. You're always one call away, but that call is most likely going to come at the next level, Triple-A. The chances of you getting the call at Double-A is very slim," said Milledge.

Milledge is a very talented player who has his head on straight and is primed for a long Major League career. If can stay healthy, he will be fixture for the Mets for decades to come.

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