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Former Met farmhand Collin McHugh wrote in depth about his nomadic 2013 season on his blog.? It's a great read and a nice look into the life of a player on the fringes of the big leagues.

I was told that I was being sent down and needed to report to Las Vegas again in 24 hrs. This was less than 24 hrs since we had moved into the apartment. Less than 24 hrs since we made the gut defying decision to settle down into the expectation of staying put. So 24 hrs later I was back in the desert.

After 10 days of getting re-acclimated to Vegas, the phone rang.

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AAA: @ Las Vegas 51s 3, Round Rock Express (TEX) 2?

The 51s scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when Reese Havens singled, went to second on a Josh Satin groundout and then pinch-runner Brian Bixler came home on a throwing error on the Round Rock catcher.

Havens, for what it's worth, lined up at second while Wilmer Flores DHed. Now 26, Havens is hitting .276/.358/.362 in 21 games with three extra-base hits. After striking out in 29% of his plate appearances last year in AA, Havens has cut that down to 13% this year with eight walks and nine strikeouts. The extra contact has come at the expense of his power - after a .136 isolated slugging percentage last year in Binghamton, he's down to .081 this year in AAA. The odds of his being a productive MLB player - extremely slim.

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AAA: @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 8, Las Vegas 51s 7

The Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth against the combination of Greg Peavey and recently acquired Sean Henn, neither of whom recorded an out. Peavey allowed a pair of singles to start the inning, Penn walked the bases loaded and then allowed the game-winning single to LF Tyler Colvin.

The two teams combined on 15 runs, 32 hits (!) all in a brisk 3:33. So add this to the "Yay, PCL!" column.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Collin McHugh, Las Vegas 51s, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 14, Fresno Grizzlies 3

An efficient Vegas offense, helped by four (!) Fresno errors scored 12 runs in the first three innings on their way to a two touchdown performance.

Perhaps more important than the 51s' hit parade was Collin McHugh's performance. McHugh (pictured) allowed two unearned runs thanks to a Juan Lagares error, on four hits in seven innings, did not walk a batter and struck out five. In 12.1 innings over two starts, McHugh has allowed eight hits and a walk while fanning 12. Remember, the Mets are asking both Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Hefner to hold down starting spots. McHugh will get his shot to stick at the back of the Mets' rotation soon enough.

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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 6, @ Sacramento RiverCats (OAK) 1?

Collin McHugh was sharp to help the 51s improve to 3-0. McHugh's line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes (56 of 93).

Offensively, the big names (Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores) were all o-for. Instead, the offense came from SS Brian Bixler (2B, 3B), DH Andrew Brown (3-for-4), Josh Satin (HR, 2 RBI) and Jamie Hoffman (3-for-3, BB). I got the feeling that Terry Collins really likes Hoffman during spring training. If the Mets' outfield is unproductive, he'd be on Collins' replacements list.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Collin McHugh, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Las Vegas 51s, Toby Hyde
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In case you missed it last week, today's Mets starter, Collin McHugh wrote beautifully about some of the low moments of his career at his personal blog.

The four full-season teams wrap up on Labor Day. Feel free to discuss the action from the final weekend here. I'll be back later, after a beach trip and a BBQ.

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Wednesday, the Mets placed RHP Collin McHugh on the team's taxi squad. He'll be ready just in case Johan Santana, coming off an MRI on Tuesday, cannot make his scheduled start on Thursday.

Here is the argument: Collin McHugh will be better than Dillon Gee.

Compare their work in AAA. For Gee, this was largely his age 24 season, with two starts as a 25-year old, while for McHugh this is his age 25 season.

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We've been spending a lot of time writing about off-field affiliation issues with the AAA Buffalo Bisons, so I wanted to return to what's happening on the field, and focus on the starting pitching. This was the plan even before Monday's late night news that Johan Santana was going to have a Tuesday MRI to check on his "tight" back.

And now a check on your AAA options to replace Santana, just in case.

On the strength of back-to-back good starts in which he allowed one run over 12.2 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox, RHP Collin McHugh was named the International League's Pitcher of the Week. McHugh was particularly sharp in Fenway on Saturday: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. It was his first walkless outing in 12 tries in the International League. McHugh's adjustment to AAA is reflected in his strikeout to walk rate which has improved in the International League by month: June 1.9 (15 K/8 BB), July 2.3 (34 K/13 BB) and August 3 (18 BB, 6 K). It so happens that if Santana cannot take his start on Thursday, McHugh would be lined up. He's generally 88-91 with his fastball, although he can touch 92 with a full arsenal that includes a curveball, a slider, a cutter and a changeup. I get the Dillon Gee comparison, they're both right-handed pitchers from small schools without big fastballs, picked in 18-21st rounds, who could fit at the back end of a rotation. However, I think McHugh actually has more weapons than Gee did when he arrived in the big leagues.

Tags: Analysis, Collin McHugh, Jenry Mejia, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 4, Buffalo Bisons 3?

Collin McHugh: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP. He's basically been an International League league-average pitcher. In 10 starts in AAA, he's run a 3.99 ERA with a 2.5 K/BB ratio (57 K/23 BB) in 56.1 IP. The International League averages a 3.94 ERA and a 2.2 K/BB ratio. Remember when some people were calling for him to start for the Mets over Matt Harvey? Yeah, that was funny.

LF Lucas Duda?(pictured)?was 2-for-4. He's now hit safely in five straight games for the Bisons.

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AAA: @ Louisville Bats 5, Buffalo Bisons 4?

Collin McHugh was excellent: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 71% of his pitches (65 of 91) for strikes.

The Bisons' bullpen gave up five runs in the final two innings to give away the game as Pedro Beato gave up the walk-off in the bottom of the ninth.

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Busy Sunday. The Mets designated Miguel Batista for assignment, recalled Elvin Ramirez and named Jeremy Hefner Wednesday's starter against the Nationals.

The team still has not named a Thursday starter. It could be Matt Harvey, although he has walked six batters over 11.2 innings in his last two starts. It might be Collin McHugh (pictured). It might be a third choice, like someone outside the organization.

 

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AAA: @ Norfolk Tides (BAL) 7, Buffalo Bisons 5?

In his first AAA start, Collin McHugh held the Tides to one run through five innings. However, in the sixth, after two singles and a walk, he left the bases loaded for LHP Josh Edgin, who promptly allowed a three-run double that erased a 3-1 Bisons' lead. McHugh's final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. He threw 59% of his pitches for strikes (57 of 97). McHugh walked 14 in his first 28.1 innings in double-A last year as he was going through an adjustment period.

Edgin's line (in addition to the three men of McHugh's he allowed to score): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K as his ERA rose to 5.06.

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- The news first: Sunday, the Mets promoted RHP Collin McHugh to AAA Buffalo and he will start Monday in Norfolk. It was not just that McHugh pitched to a 2.41 ERA in 74.2 innings with a 3.8 K/BB ratio (65 K/17 BB). In 22 appearances since the 2011 All-Star Break, he owned a 2.00 ERA in 130.67 innings while allowing just 102 hits with a K/BB of 4.3 (130 K/30 BB). The point is, he wasn't just really good in 2012. He has been outstanding for the B-Mets for almost a full year.

McHugh won't overpower anyone, but he can change speeds, work both sides of the plate with an arsenal that includes a four-seam fastball, a two-seamer, a curve, a changeup and a cutter.

 

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AA: New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 5, Binghamton Mets 1

I just wrote about this game.?Tuesday,?Jefry Marte's error led to three unearned runs off Robert Carson in the ninth. Wednesday, Marte's eighth inning error led to four unearned runs off Erik Turgeon. As was the case with Carson Tuesday, Turgeon was not effective Wednesday.?The Rock Cats eighth: error, fly out, strikeout, double, walk, double, single, double, strikeout.

The eighth inning meltdown wasted another nice start from Collin McHugh: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP. He threw 67 of his 100 pitches for strikes. With the win, he lowered in 2012 ERA to 2.40. Since the 2011 AA All-Star Break, McHugh has a 1.85 ERA in 97.1 IP with a 3.7 K/BB ratio (101 K/27 BB) and an opponents' batting average of .201 (71 H/353 AB). Barring an injury, my guess is that McHugh will make at least a few more double-A starts. The AAA rotation is currently: RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Chris Schwinen and LHP Garrett Olson with Jenrry Mejia coming soon.

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The Mets need some help at the back of the rotation. Yesterday, I argued that Chris Schwinden deserved another start or two because he has been better than Jeremy Hefner over the course of their AAA careers. Ted Berg examined the same problem, and also looked at Chris Schwinden, Miguel Batista, Garrett Olson, Dylan Owen and Collin McHugh for the fifth starter's spot.

Lets take a look at Collin McHugh. An unheralded 18th round draft pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia McHugh has put up solid numbers across the board as a starter since Brooklyn in 2009.

After some early struggles at double-A last summer, he's been lights out since the 2011 All-Star Break. In his last 16 appearances, (15 starts) in AA, McHugh owns a 1.89 ERA over 90.1 innings with just 65 hits allowed (.198 opponents' batting average) with 96 strikeouts against 25 walks. If you're into ratios, that a K/BB of 3.8, a 9.6 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9. Oh, and he's allowed just two home runs in those 90+ innings. He's limited the longball while throwing, with essentially an Eastern League average distribution of batted ball types (~42% grounders, 30% outfield fly balls).

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 6, Syracuse Chiefs 5

Jeurys Familia still is not throwing enough strikes. Thursday: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP. He threw 56% of his pitches (53 of 94) for strikes. That's in line with what he's done all year when he has thrown strikes with 56% of his pitches. In 26.2 innings this year, he has fanned 29 and walked 25.

LHP Josh Edgin faced four batters, three of whom hit from the left side: .2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. Wally Backman did not let him finish his inning with runners at first and second with the Bisons up a run, calling on Jack Egbert to face a righty.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 6, @ Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) 1 (7 innings)@ Syracuse Chiefs 1, Buffalo Bisons 0 (7 innings)The Bisons were rained out Saturday, so they played a pair of seven-inning games Sunday. The formula for the game one win was simple: Jeurys Familia pitches well, and Zach Lutz hits.

Familia tied a season-high with eight strikeouts while allowing one run on four hits in five innings. He threw strikes with 60% of his pitches (56 of-93) his best rate this year. However, he still walked three. Through four starts in AAA, in 18.2 IP, Familia has struck out 23 (26% K/PA - good), and walked 15 (17% BB/PA - bad).

Familia made major strikes with his control in 2011 but has gone backwards in 2012. He's walked at least three batters in every start.?He had issued walks in 13% (5.5 BB/9) of his opponents' plate appearances in advanced-A in 2010. In 2011, he cut that down to 6% BB/PA and 2.0 BB/9 in advanced-A.

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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1

Why the Bisons won: RHP Chris Schwinden (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) out-pitched Pat Misch (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).

CF Jordany Valdespin?(.237/.286/.305 - 13 G) and 1B Josh Satin (.216/.262/.351 - 11 G) were both 0-for-4.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 5, @ Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 1

The B-Mets scored five runs in the first two innings and that was plenty for Collin McHugh and the B-Mets hard-throwing 'pen.

McHugh: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. He gave up a solo home run leading off the bottom of the first and then nothing the rest of the way. In his two starts, McHugh has fanned 10 and given up three walks in 11.2 innings.

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How have Mets' pitchers fared in the hostile desert?

Overall

This Week
  • McHugh: 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. ?McHugh started on eight days rest Saturday. ?More importantly, he was our guest on the Mostly Mets Podcast last week.
  • Carson: 1 G, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Juan Lagares committed an error in right that led to both runs being unearned. ?However, Carson invited trouble by issuing a leadoff walk and then a one-out double.
  • Whitenton: 1 G, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Turgeon: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 3 solo homeruns, 0 BB, 0 K
Notes
- Of Carson's 31 pitches, 19 were strikes. ?He threw five pitches that pitch-fx calls change-ups and two sliders. ?So, that's 77% fastballs, 16% changeups, and 6% sliders (does not add to 100 thanks to rounding).
- Whitenton threw 19 of his 35 pitches, or 54% for strikes. ?The MLB average is 62%.
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Collin McHugh writes with his usual humor and strong perspective about his first Arizona Fall League start at his blog.

 

The dry air had parched my lips. It's a different kind of heat out here. Different from the wet Atlanta air I'm used to. Weatherman said we were in for a dust storm, mixed with some rain. Sounded kinda eerie if you ask me. Looking past the left center wall, the flags were stiff, blowing the wrong direction (if you're a pitcher). ...

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Salt River Rafters 12, @ Peoria Javelinas (Mets and others) 9Hey, look a box score with Mets farm hands. It shouldn't make me that excited, but it does.

Anyway, this one comes has pitch-fx with velocity readings for pitchers.

The pitch-fx star of the day was Robert Carson who sat 92-95 with his fastball and hit 96 once. He threw 63% of his pitches for strikes (22 of 34). The velocity readings on his change-up (82-86) and slider (81-91) seem a little inconsistent, so I wonder if 1. he really was that erratic, or 2. pitch-fx was misclassifying his pitches. Carson: 1.1, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

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This was a really nice piece from Lynn Worthy about AA RHP Collin McHugh with quotes from both B-Mets manager Wally Backman and Pitching Coach Marc Valdes and McHugh himself.

Backman on McHugh:

"He turned himself into somebody this year...?If he stays healthy, he?s going to pitch in the big leagues."
Backman on keeping McHugh in AA despite some ugly-looking numbers to start the year:

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Collin McHugh- 8/26/11 vs. Altoona: 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 er, bb, 8 k.

 

Collin McHugh has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the Mets organization this season.? McHugh started the season out in High-A St. Lucie and struggled.

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Friday, Press and Sun Bullentin beat writer Lynn Worthy tweeted that the Mets had told RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Moore, OF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens that they'll be playing in the Arizona Fall League. ?The Arizona Fall League, a finishing school for top prospects features six teams and begins play on Tuesday, October 4, and runs through a championship game on Saturday, November 19.

All four players will have to exposed to the Rule Five draft if they are not added to the team's 40-man roster before November 20.

There should be a few more players likely from St. Lucie also heading to the desert before Major League Baseball finalizes the AFL rosters, but lets take a look at the four Mets farmhands we know will be playing in October.

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@ Binghamton Mets 3, Altoona Curve 1

Sure, Jose Reyes was 1-3 with a monster home run to right.

But is he hitting .400? ?RF Juan Lagares, after going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI is sitting at .398/.419/.553 in 29 games in AA. ?Dude can hit. ?He's just making solid contact again and again. ?But no, there's no way he can sustain his ?.461 BABIP in AA. ?However, his BABIP is to some degree, a reflection of all the hard contact he's making. ?His extra-base hit rate is a solid 9.3% and his strikeout rate is a strong 15.5%.

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On Saturday, the Bingamton Mets played the Portland Sea Dogs in a special minor-league game - the game was in Fenway Park as part of Boston's annual special "Futures at Fenway" event.

Why does this concern us?? Well, just like in the MLB Futures Game, the Futures at Fenway games are played with Pitchf/x, the pitch-tracking camera system that tracks every pitch thrown in the major leagues, TURNED ON.? The data from these games is publically available for anyone to look at, just like the data from normal MLB games.? Which gives us a nice extra look at the pitches of the BMet pitchers who pitched in the eleven inning game.

Five Met Pitchers pitched in the game: Collin McHugh went 6 effective innings, Ricky Brooks then pitched two poor innings, Rhiner Cruz pitched the 9th and 10th innings, Eric Turgeon got the first two outs of the 11th inning but ran into trouble - giving up two runs, and Josh Stinson struck out the final batter of the game.? This post will examine the pitches of the two of those five pitchers: Collin McHugh and Josh Stinson.

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Binghamton Mets 6, @ Portland Sea Dogs- 11 innings

Eric Campbell's (3-5, 2B, RBI) rbi single broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning, and Kai Gronauer?(1-4, HR(2), 3 RBI) added some insurance with a three-run home run to lead the B-Mets to an extra inning win over Portland.

The game was the first half of the annual Future Red Sox double-header, played at Fenway Park in Boston. ?The Red Sox AAA affiliate Pawtucket, played the second half of the event versus Syracuse.

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@ Binghamton Mets 7, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3

Juan Lagares is hot. ?He was 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer and is now hitting .407/.424/.556 in 19 games in AA. ?Actually, he's basically the same player he was in the Florida State League, but he's been running a ?.463 BABIP for three weeks.

XBH%SO%BB%HR%BABIP
2011 A - FSL8.414.16.32.1.380
2011 AA - EL8.215.32.42.4.463
2011 Total8.414.35.52.1.398
 

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AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Buffalo Bisons 5

Fernando Martinez smacked three doubles in the Bisons 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. ?Martinez now has five extra base hits in his last three games (4 2B, HR). ?Over his last 10 games Martinez is hitting .273/.429/.576 with four doubles, two home runs, 7 BB, and 9 K.

Josh Satin: 2-3, 3 runs scored, BB. ?Satin has a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .426 (20-47).

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Today we will wrap the conversation I had with Mets pitching prospect, Collin McHugh.? McHugh was the Mets 18th round draft pick in 2008, out of Berry College.? Yesterday we got a chance to get to know Collin as a person a little bit, but today we talk to him about Collin the pitcher.

MD:? Considering you worked as a reliever and a starter, how would you asses your 2010 season as a whole?

CM: One word...Development! I learned a ton about myself as a pitcher this season. Having to work a bunch of different roles really stretches you in terms of preparation and focus. I feel like I am a natural starting pitcher. It's just the way God made me (personality and demeanor). However, you don't always get the choice in the minors, so it's your job to make the most of whatever position your in. I felt good about my year stats-wise. Other than a couple early inning meltdowns, I battled and succeeded in a bunch of different roles. I feel like that's the definition of Development...being able to keep a level head and keep pushing forward during a roller coaster season.

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I recently had the privilege in have a conversation with Mets pitching prospect Collin McHugh.? McHugh spent all of 2010 pitching for Savannah.? He finished the season with a record of 7-8, and 3.33 ERA.? McHugh worked as both a starter (20 starts) and as a reliever (8 relief appearances) in 2010. ?McHugh was drafted by the Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.

You can follow Collin on twitter: @camberry13 and his personal blog: http://adayolderadaywiser.blogspot.com/.

MD: Being that you were born in Georgia, how much of a thrill was it for you playing in your home state?

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