Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Baseball seems to come easy for 23 year old Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The B-Mets center fielder has been named to the Double A All-Star team this year.
Last year, he was chosen as a mid season and post season all-star while playing with St. Lucie in the Florida State League.
"It's definitely exciting to be chosen for an all-star game of any league. The Eastern League is a good league, lots of good players so it's definitely an honor."
Manager Tim Teufel believes Nieuwenhuis is a great athlete.
One the Mets should look to as a player of the future.
"He's got RBI ability from the leadoff spot so you know, I don't see him being a leadoff in the big leagues but I can see him filling that ya know, 5th, 6th spot as a big league hitter."
In his first full season with the B-Mets, Nieuwenhuis is batting .305 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI.
He also has almost 100 hits before the all-star break.
But just because he's made 2 all-star teams in 2 years, doesn't mean Nieuwenhuis is taking anything for granted.
"I think there's something to work on everyday, something different, something little but yeah, for sure, everyday is something to work on."
Nieuwenhuis says the recent promotion of Nick Evans to the major leagues shows that it can happen to anyone, anytime.
Currently, Nieuwenhuis's focus is having a strong second half to the season.
And helping the B-Mets get back to the playoffs.
In Binghamton, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.