August 25, 2005
Queens, NY - Former St. John’s University pitcher Jim Wladyka
(Rutherford, NJ) lived the dream of a lifetime this summer.
Despite not being selected in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft,
Wladyka signed a free agent contract with the New York Mets and was
playing professional baseball.
He was signed a week after the draft, but Wladyka just wanted a
chance. When he was given it, Wladyka took full
The right-hander has spent the season with the short-season A
League Kingsport (TN) Mets of the Appalachian League. The
Mets, who are 27-35 in the league’s West Division with six games
left in the season, named the rookie the team’s Pitcher of the Year
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