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Mets promote Flexen from Binghamton to Big Leagues

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Last Monday, Chris Flexen was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. This Monday, he was prepared to make his eighth start for the Rumble Ponies. Then the New York Mets called.

Yes, the New York Mets called with great news informing the 23-year-old right-hander that the team needs him immediately.

Binghamton scratched Flexen from his Monday night start, so that the Newark, California native could head out west to San Diego.

"He's been very consistent with his rhythm, with his tempo of the game," said Binghamton Rumble Ponies manager Luis Rojas. "And every time he's been out there it's been a quality start. Just the beauty of development. It just shows how it can happen from one year to another for one of those guys that are very disciplined and at the same time gifted with the abilities that he has."

He will make his major league debut Thursday night against the Padres in place of the recently injured Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Flexen was 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in Double-A and is the first Binghamton player since Michael Conforto in 2015 to skip Triple-A and jump straight to the big leagues.

At one point this season, Flexen faced 121 consecutive batters without issuing a walk.

12 Sports was able to catch up with Chris recently and ask him about the key behind his success this season.

"I would say the confidence most of all," said Flexen. "Not doubting myself. Allowing myself to stick with a routine. Do something everyday to get better. Obviously teammates help big time with that. Just having a lot of confidence right now is the biggest factor."

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