Portland, Maine -- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce that Binghamton Mets first baseman Allan Dykstra has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award.
Dykstra is batting .273 (100-for-366) with 22 doubles, 20 home runs, 80 RBI, 55 runs scored, a .497 slugging percentage and a .436 OBP in 120 games for the B-Mets this season while helping lead the team to a first-place finish in the Eastern Division with a record of 85-54, which is a new franchise record for wins. The 26-year old currently leads all Eastern League hitters with a .436 on-base percentage. He is also r currently ranked among the league leaders in walks (101-tied first), OPS (.933-second), slugging percentage (.497-third), RBI (80-tied fourth) and home runs (20-tied sixth). Dykstra's 20th home run of the season, which is a new career-high, came on Aug. 21in a 5-3 win over the Bowie Baysox that clinched the Eastern Division title for the B-Mets. It is the first division title for the B-Mets since the 2000 season.
Allan, who is a native of San Diego, California, was selected as the first baseman on the recently announced 2013 Eastern League All-Star Team. He was also the starting first baseman for the Eastern Division at the 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game on July 10 in New Britain, Conn.
Dykstra was acquired by the New York Mets in a trade with the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Eddie Kunz on March 29, 2011. He was originally selected by the Padres with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2008 draft out of Wake Forest University.
Bowie Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph finished second in the voting for the MVP Award and Binghamton Mets outfielder Cesar Puello finished in third place in the voting. The award was voted on by respective Eastern League managers and media members.