By Jerry Del Priore
In the early part of the baseball season, former Brooklyn Cyclones and current Bridgeport Bluefish (independent Atlantic League) starting pitchers Tyler Badamo and Rainy Lara have sparkled in their first two starts.
Badamo is 0-1 with 0.00 ERA with six strikeouts against two walks in 10.0 innings of work, while Lara has recorded a 1-0 record with a 2.07 ERA with six whiffs versus two bases-on-balls as well.
Badamo, 24–from Mt. Sinai, New York on Long Island, and a 24th round selection of the New York Mets in the 2014 amateur draft–went 5-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 81.1 frames in 14 starts with Brooklyn (short-season New York-Penn League) in 2015.
For the six-foot-one-inch, 210-pound righty’s affiliated minor league career, he’s 9-10 with a 3.22 ERA with 141 Ks to 41 walks in 190.1 innings in 37 games (31 starts).
Lara, 29, a Mets’ 2009 free agent signing out of Bani, Dominican Republic, spent the 2012 campaign with the Cyclones, recording a stellar 8-3 record with a 2.91 ERA in 68 innings in 12 contests.
The six-foot-four, 240-pound right-hander has registered a 44-34 mark with a 3.66 ERA with 489 strikeouts in 642 innings in 133 tilts (111 starts) in affiliated baseball.
Lara signed with the Bluefish as a free agent before the season commenced.