Spa Catholic graduate Tim Stauffer will reportedly sign with the New York Mets.

Stauffer, a former first-round pick out of Richmond, spent nine years with the San Diego Padres before signing with the Minnesota Twins this season.

He struggled mightily in Minnesota, posting a 6.60 ERA across just 15 innings. He also missed time this year with injury. He allowed four home runs and walked seven in the limited action in Minnesota.

He was designated for assignment in June and eventually latched on with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic Independent League. That's the same team that Roger Clemens and Tracy McGrady played for.

With the Skeeters, Stauffer went 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 9.0 innings pitched.

It's good to see Stauffer sign with an organization close to the Capital Region. As Miller and WNYT report, he will start in AAA. The Mets AAA affiliate is located in Las Vegas.

For a contending team, Stauffer provides a veteran arm and could be factor in a potential playoff run in September.

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