Last night while Jon Niese was throwing a complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres, another young southpaw was doing the same thing for the Mets Single-A affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats.
Starting pitcher Mark Cohoon tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout on Thursday night to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-0.
Cohoon allowed just three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out five.
He currently leads the SAL league with a 1.44 ERA and in 81 innings pitched this season, Cohoon has a 0.91 WHIP and has walked just 15 while striking out 68 batters, the third best mark in the league.
Just last week Cohoon was named the “Player of the Week” in the South Atlantic League for tossing the first of his back-to-back shutouts, and he could become the first player to win the honor in consecutive weeks. In that game, Cohoon struck out ten batters while walking one. Wow!
On May 5th, Cohoon threw nine shutout innings, but didn’t get the decision in a 12 inning 1-0 win for the Gnats.
Last season, while pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Cohoon also had a solid season season finishing with a 9-2 record and a 2.15 ERA and earned a nod on the All Star team. Batters hit just .210 against him and he had an impressive 20 BB to 70 K ratio.
He was selected in the 12th round of the 2008 draft out of North Central Texas College, and he has been nothing short of impressive ever since signing with the organization.
Keep an eye on this one, because he is ripe for a promotion to Binghamton and could advance through the minors quickly.