By Jerry Del Priore
South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa announced that Columbia Fireflies reliever Adonis Uceta earned the SAL-BC® relief pitcher of the month honors for June.
Uceta, a 2017 SAL All-Star, tossed 13.1 innings of scoreless ball, and was a perfect 4-4 in all save opportunities during the month.
The 23-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native extended his scoreless streak to 20 frames, dating back to May 11th (13 appearances).
“He’s the guy you want with the ball in his hands when situations are tough,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger said in a press release. “He’s done a tremendous job and I’m very happy for him because he’s one of those guys who everyone likes in the clubhouse. Everybody enjoys having fun.”
The New York Mets inked Uceta to an international free agent contract in 2013. The six-foot-one, 225-pound righty is enjoying an impressive season thus far, going 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA and seven saves. In addition, Uceta sports the SAL’s third lowest batting average (1.43) against, and has whiffed 39 batters in 33.2 innings of work in the process.
The South Atlantic League-BC® Relief Pitcher of the Month award is sponsored by (BC Analgesic Powder, Cherry, 24 Count) BC® Powder, the “Preferred Pain Reliever of the South Atlantic League.” The award is given to the most outstanding relief pitcher in the league for the prior month.