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McHugh's breakout year earns trip to Arizona

Collin McHugh's seven-game winning streak to end the regular season paid off with more than just a chance to pitch in the Eastern League playoffs with Binghamton.

The Providence Christian graduate was rewarded for his breakthrough year with an invitation to the Arizona Fall League, where he will pitch for the Peoria Javelinas.

McHugh, an 18th-round draft choice in 2008 out of Berry College, wasn't among New York Mets better prospects coming into the season. But his work after being promoted from the Florida State League to Class AA has begun to turn heads.

The 24-year-old was 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA for Binghamton, finishing with the team's first complete-game victory of the year in a 2-1 decision against Erie in which the right-hander struck out 11 to raise his total to 100 in 93 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two.

McHugh hadn't lost since July 5 and had gone 18 innings without allowing a run before Erie scored thanks a bunt in the seventh inning. He had allowed two runs or fewer in 10 consecutive starts and his ERA would be the fourth-best in the Eastern League if he had enough innings to qualify for the leaderboard.

McHugh's success with Binghamton was in contrast to his lack of good fortune at St. Lucie earlier this season or with Savannah in the Class A South Atlantic League a year ago. He was 1-2 with a 6.21 ERA in the Advanced Class A Florida State League after going 7-8 with a 3.33 ERA for Savannah the prior year.

The most previous success for McHugh came in 2009, when he was 8-2 with a 2.76 ERA for Brooklyn in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.