By Jerry Del Priore
There is an old baseball adage that an organization can never have too much pitching. The New York Mets are amply stocked at the Major League level, even with injuries to Seth Lugo and Steven Matz.
Plus, they have a few solid hurlers in the minors, including right-handed pitcher Merandy Gonzalez, who Baseball America named as New York’s 2017 breakout prospect.
So far this season with the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League (SAL), Gonzalez is proving Baseball America right. The ex-Cyclone hasn’t surrendered a run in two starts. The Cotui, Dominican Republic native is 2-0 with 11 strikeouts in 13.2 innings on the hill.
In Gonzalez’s last start, a 1-0 win over host Augusta, in which he tossed 91 pitches, the most in his professional career, the 21-year-old went seven and two-thirds innings without a walk. At one stretch during his impressive outing, he retired 13 consecutive batters.