Ramblings from Henry and Fayette Streets
The Week That Was: May 8th – May 13th
The Binghamton Mets played .500 baseball over the past week, losing a rain shortened series at home against the New Britain Rock Cats two games to none, while taking the series in New Hampshire over the weekend winning three of four. The eleven runs the B-Mets scored in the game on Friday night in New Hampshire was the largest tally for them so far this season.
In the standings, the B-Mets find themselves in the same position they were a week ago – fourth place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division, five games behind first place Reading. At weeks end, it’s third baseman Jefry Marte leading the team in batting average at .318. Marte hit his first home run of the season in Sunday’s 7-6 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, a two run shot that was the difference on the afternoon.
Matt den Dekker continues to lead the team in doubles with 11, adding one to that tally over the past week. Den Dekker also leads the team in home runs (5), RBI’s (18), and slugging percentage (.525). On the pitchers side, Zack Wheeler continues to lead the team in ERA at 2.06 and strikeouts with 37. Fellow starter Collin McHugh is the team leader in wins (4) and WHIP (1.11), and a close second to Wheeler in strikeouts with 36.
Player Profile: RHP Collin McHugh
Collin McHugh’s name appears quite a few times in this week’s ‘Buzz’, and deservedly so. The 25 year old Covington, Georgia native has been one of the B-Mets most solid starters over the past two seasons.
McHugh attended Berry College near Rome, Georgia, where he went 13-9 with five saves over three seasons playing for the Vikings. In 2008, McHugh was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round, 554 overall, of the MLB June Amature Draft. Later that summer, McHugh appeared in a Mets uniform for the first time, as a member of the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachin League. Current B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez was at the helm for part of that season in Kingsport. McHugh appeared in 12 games for the K-Mets, and in 41 innings worth of work he struck out 41, allowed 47 hits, and finished the season with a 4.17.
In 2009, it was from the small town of Kingsport, Tennessee to the bright lights/big city otherwise known as Brooklyn, New York. McHugh appeared in 14 games for the Cyclones that season, compiling an 8-2 record with a .800 win/loss percentage. He was second on the team as far as starters go to current B-Mets teammate Mark Cohoon in wins and win/loss percentage, and ended up fifth overall in the entire NY-Penn league in wins as well.
In 2010, McHugh found himself at his third new address in three seasons, making his way further up the New York Mets affiliation scale as a member of the Savannah Sand Gnats. McHugh started in twenty games for the Sand Gnats that season, the most starts in a season to date for him over his career. By season’s end, he had struck out a seasonal career high 129 batters, and ended up with a 7-8 record with a 3.33 ERA.
2011 would find McHugh splitting the season between the High A St. Lucie Mets and his current team the Binghamton Mets. For St. Lucie, McHugh appeared in nine games, starting six of those nine. He also earned one save in the remaining three games he played in. Before being called up to Binghamton in May, he had a 1-2 record, 6.31 ERA, with 39 strikeouts.
McHugh flourished in Binghamton after his call up. He appeared in 18 games for the B-Mets in 2011, going 8-2, equaling his career high win/loss percentage from 2009 at .800 – a stat that bested New York Mets prospect pitchers Matt Harvey (5-3, .625) and Jeurys Familia (4-4, .500). He also led B-Mets starters in WHIP at 1.179. 2011 B-Mets manager Wally Backman also used McHugh in a reliever’s role, as he earned two saves in two attempts. In the 18 games McHugh appeared in, he struck out 100 opponents, and walked 32.
One highlight for McHugh in 2011 was his start for the Binghamton Mets in their game at Fenway Park in Boston against the Portland Sea Dogs. It was the first appearance by a Binghamton team in the annual ‘Futures at Fenway’ game, and a solid start for McHugh. Over six innings, he allowed only four hits and struck out six Sea Dogs while holding the home team scoreless. Some late innings drama by both teams shut McHugh out of the win or loss column,
In 2012, McHugh has picked up right where he left off. He continues to lead the team in WHIP and wins, and is second to only Zack Wheeler in strikeouts. He has proven to be a solid member of Pedro Lopez’s starting rotation, and in an organization where other prospects names have been thrown around freely, he has produced, and out produced, many of them.
Weekly Stat Snapshot
Where the Binghamton Mets match up against the rest of the Eastern League.
Matt den Dekker - T-1st in 3 triples, T-2nd in runs scored with 24, T-2nd in doubles with 11
Josh Rodriguez – 1st in base on balls with 23
Eric Campbell – 4th in OBP at .422
Collin McHugh – T-3rd with 4 wins, 6th in WHIP at 1.11, T-6th with 36 strikeouts
Zack Wheeler – 5th in ERA at 2.05, 5th in strikeouts with 37
Robert Carson – T-2nd with 4 holds
Did You Know?
When the Binghamton Mets came on the scene in 1992, it was actually the second entry in the Eastern League from Broome County. From 1932 until 1961, and then again in 1967 and 1968, the Triple Cities Triplets were the farm team for the New York Yankees. The Trips also played two seasons in the 60′s as the Kansas City Athletics affiliate in the EL.
The team played at Johnson Field, which was located one municipality over from Binghamton in Johnson City, New York. Notable Triplets alumni include Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, current White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson, and a rookie catcher by the name of Thurman Munson, who played his first season of professional baseball for the Trips in 1968.
Quote of the Week
This weeks quote comes from B-Mets starter Collin McHugh via Twitter: @Collin_McHugh: “Roger Clemens was at the park today. I ran extra hard in my wind sprints. He was playing it cool, but I’m pretty sure he was impressed.”