Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
With 3 more games in the next 2 days in Akron, pitching is at a premium for the Bmets, especially after right handed pitcher Collin McHugh was promoted to Triple A Buffalo.
He spent parts of the past 2 seasons in Binghamton.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout tells us McHugh hopes to continue getting hitters out and following the path he says God has set him on.
"I was just sitting in the dugout with the chaplain. Pedro came out and said Congratulations."
After spending parts of two seasons with the Binghamton Mets, right handed pitcher Collin McHugh is moving on to Triple A.
He says he learned a lot in his time here.
"Just learning to slow the game down a little bit, stay within myself and really do the only things I can control...try to keep the ball down and throw strikes. I think at that point, you've got to leave it up...once the ball leaves your hand, whatever happens, happens and I've been fortunate and blessed to have a little bit of success while I'm here."
A little bit may be an understatement.
In parts of two seasons, McHugh went 13 and 7 in 30 games pitched.
He had a 2.68 ERA and struck out 165 batters.
And while he may not have been the biggest name on the B-Mets staff, manager Pedro Lopez says his promotion was well deserved.
Manager Pedro Lopez says, "He's always been a guy that's been under the radar just because maybe stuff wise he doesn't throw as hard as some of the other guys that we have here but he did what he needed to do. He threw strikes. He commanded his fastball...he went aggressive after hitters and he executed all his pitches."
McHugh says he still has plenty to work on at the Triple A level, including command of his fastball and getting guys out.
He says he's not going to change his approach on the mound.
And will leave his future up to God.
"I think my faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing to me and my family and to know that there is a path out there for me and there is a direction my life is headed in and that its in God's hands...it's comforting and its something that allows you to relax a little bit and just enjoy where he's put me."
Before he left, Lopez told McHugh that he hoped he didn't see him again.
Not because he doesn't like him, but because he hopes when McHugh leaves Triple A Buffalo, it'll be to make a start for the Mets in New York.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout