Former Berry College pitcher Collin McHugh is one step away from the big leagues, having been promoted to the New York Mets' Class AAA affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday. He is slated to start for the Buffalo Bisons Monday against the Norfolk Tides, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate, in Norfolk, Va.
In 12 starts at Class AA Binghamton this season, McHugh was 5-5 with a 2.41 earned run average. He was promoted to Binghamton from Class A St. Lucie last season, and went on to earn Binghamton's Pitcher of the Year Award. Overall, McHugh was 13-7 with a pair of saves and a 2.68 earned run average. He struck out 165 batters and walked just 49 combined during his AA stint.
This past fall, McHugh pitched in the Arizona Fall League, reserved for the game's top prospects.
McHugh was drafted out of Berry by the Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 First Year Player Draft. He was 13-9 with five saves for the Vikings during a collegiate career that lasted from 2006-08. He joined the Mets organization following his junior year at Berry.
With his promotion, McHugh becomes the second former Berry pitcher to reach the AAA level. Chuck Smith had a brief stint with the Norfold Tides in 2006 when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets.
McHugh has become a social media sensation, as well, with his blog, A Day Older, A Day Wiser gaining mainstream coverage from outlets such as ESPN New York and being touted as a must-read material for the baseball fan, and his Twitter account sharing his thoughts during his travels to over 1,300 followers.
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