Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gee Unit

Nice to see baseball back in full swing, and even nicer to see some former Cyclones pitchers in Mets camp early this spring.

The week started off with so-so reports on the Cyclones alum. Tobi Stoner was shut down with shoulder soreness (mostly precautionary, they say) and Mike Antonini gave up a pair of "massive" home runs (but they were in an intrasquad game to Carlos Beltran and David Wright...try to find me a pitcher who those guys haven't gone gonzo off of).

Today, however, Dillon Gee got the good guys back on the scoreboard, tossing two shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing just one infield hit and striking out two Fish. Gee had a phenomenal year for the Cyclones in 2007, finishing sixth in the league with a 2.47 ERA. He allowed one run or less in seven of his 11 starts, and showed pinpoint control, striking out 56 batters while walking just nine in 62 innings. Nine. Ricky had nine walks in a third of an inning during 24 Hours of Baseball!

We wish all three pitchers the best of luck and we'll keep following them this spring!

-- Dave

1 comment:

Viola is god said...

With all due respect Mr. Campanaro, Ricky Viola deserves some slack. Although you play a pretty good shortstop, it's not easy for some one with no pitching experience to pick up a ball and hurl 88 MPH fastballs, while a senile umpire who's only experience is little league, squeezes him, Ricky is one of the smartest, brightest, compassionate, and speediest individuals I ever met and am honored to exist in the human race with him.