MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: McHugh's good work not reflected in record

Colin McHugh was promoted to Buffalo in time to face the Gwinnett Braves this season, but he has quickly established himself as a Class AAA pitcher.

The New York Mets prospect from Providence Christian just doesn't have much to show for his efforts with the Bisons in the way of International League victories.

McHugh had struck out 49 in 50 innings and had a 3.75 ERA, but his record was just 1-3 after nine starts.

The right-hander's luck wasn't that much better at Class AA Binghamton, where he was 5-5 despite a 2.41 ERA in 12 starts to begin the season.

McHugh, who turned 25 in June, had 10 strikeouts over 6 innings against Durham on July 3 and that began a six-game stretch for the month in which he posted a 2.48 ERA while holding opponents to a .224 batting average.

An 18th-round draft choice out of Berry College in 2008, McHugh didn't escape Class A until last season was under way. But he was 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA in 18 games for Binghamton to boost his stock as a prospect.Holmes nearly perfectMill Creek graduate Brian Holmes didn't allow a base runner until a lead-off single in the seventh and final inning of a one-hit shutout for Tri-City over Hudson Valley and was named pitcher of the week in the Class A New York-Penn League.

It was the second time in three starts that the left-hander gave up just one hit and he walked none while striking out six. He allowed six hits and one run over 20 innings in the three games.

Holmes had won four straight after another victory Friday night and was 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Opponents had batted .161 against him in his first eight minor league starts and he had 41 strikeouts to 13 walks in 41 innings.

Houston drafted Holmes, 21, in the 13th round this year out of Wake Forest, where he pitched a no-hitter in March against Marshall.Elbow injury

sidelines GarvinGrayson Garvin drew the opening night start for Charlotte in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and it looked like the Wesleyan graduate's first season might be a good one.

But the left-hander went on the disabled list in late May and then again in June. Now his season is over because of an elbow injury requiring surgery.

Garvin, a supplemental first-round pick by Tampa Bay last year out of Vanderbilt, was 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 11 games. The 22-year-old struck out 37 and walked 19 in 46 innings.Moore gets

going at plateNick Moore hit just .184 in the Gulf Coast League at the end of last season and got off to slow start in a return to Boston's rookie team this year. But the Brookwood grad is struggling no longer.

Moore, 19, hit .361 over the last 10 games in July to push his average to .297 for the month and he was hitting .255 overall going into the weekend.

The switch-hitter had drawn 20 walks to give him a .374 on-base average to go with six extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in 32 games.

Moore was drafted in the 30th round by the Red Sox last year after hitting .400 as a senior at Brookwood.Hawkins heats back upLansing outfielder Chris Hawkins closed July on a 13-for-31 tear to raise his average for the month to .327 after hitting just .160 in June.

The North Gwinnett graduate was hitting over .300 in the Class A Midwest League before his slump and his average was back up to .286 going into the weekend. His on-base percentage was .348 thanks to 38 walks.

Hawkins, who turns 21 on Aug. 17, was a third-round draft choice by Toronto in 2010. He is ranked as the Blue Jays' No. 9 prospect by MLB.com.French changes rolesJustice French was moved to the bullpen at Bakersfield of the Class A Advanced California League and was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his first 16 relief appearances.

French, who began the season with Class A Dayton, was drafted in the 25th round by Cincinnati last season out of Mercer. He turned 23 on Thursday.

The Collins Hill graduate is 4-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 25 games overall this season.


Gary 2 years, 9 months ago

Chris, Continue to have "a clean eye and hit 'em where they ain't!" Maintain your "Cool Confidence" and have FUN!


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