BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are 19 games above five hundred entering Wednesday night and are poised to return to the Eastern League playoff this season with a six game lead on Reading for the second playoff spot out of the Eastern Division. A big part of the team's success has been its pitching. Chris Flexen, P.J. Conlon and Marcos Molina have all impressed this season but the Pony who has shined the most on the mound is Corey Oswalt, the Eastern League leader in ERA.
"I've kind of always been under the radar," said Binghamton Rumble Ponies starting pitcher Corey Oswalt.
20 starts into Oswalt's first season in Double-A, it's now impossible to ignore the six-foot-five right hander.
"Since the beginning of the season, actually in spring training, me and our pitching coach Glenn Abbott have been working hard on some mechanical adjustments and overall different actions of the pitches and different grips on things," said Oswalt. "All the hard work we've done just kind of is translating to the games now."
Over Oswalt's last six starts, he has thrown 37-and two-thirds innings with just three earned runs allowed, lowering his ERA to an Eastern League leading 2.28.
"Overall just the command of my pitches," said Oswalt. "I'm throwing all four pitches for strikes and just being able to mix my fastball inside-and-out when I need to."
His most impressive outing, a two-hit complete game shutout against the Trenton Thunder, where he retired the final 20 batters he faced in a row.
"Thought for the most part I was low in the strike zone so I was able to induce early contact, weak contact," said Oswalt. "Keeping them off-balance by changing speeds really helped me."
The baseball world is taking note. Oswalt's 2017 performance has vaulted him into MLB Pipeline's top 30 prospects in the Mets organization and the front office in New York has mostly likely noticed Oswalt's gains as well.
"(New York), that's the ultimate goal," said Oswalt. "If that happens this year, next year, I can't control that. All I can control is just going out there and pitching every day and competing."
When he is on the mound, it's been leading to a lot of victories for the Ponies. Oswalt hasn't lost a start since May 20.
"I didn't even realize that," said Oswalt. "When we go out there, we try to win every time. Just the roll we've been on, we have a real good team, so it just kind of happens that way."
Some teams preferred Oswalt as a third baseman coming out of high school and he can still rake at the plate. Oswalt has two home runs in just eleven at bats this season.
The Ponies host Erie again Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 6:35