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FORMER CYCLONES HONORED BY METS

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 14, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced that infielder Josh Satin was named the Sterling Organizational Player of the Year while lefthanded pitcher Darin Gorski earned Sterling Pitcher of the Year honors.

In addition, the Mets announced the 2011 Sterling Awards, emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of their nine minor league affiliates.

Righthanded pitcher Chris Schwinden was the Sterling Award recipient at Buffalo (AAA) of the International League; righthanded pitcher Jeurys Familia received the award for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; righthanded pitcher Matt Harvey was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; lefthanded pitcher Angel Cuan captured the award for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League; infielder Daniel Muno received the honor for Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; catcher Cam Maron was tabbed for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; righthanded pitcher Rafael Montero was honored for the rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets; outfielder Maiki De La Cruz was selected for the Dominican Summer League Mets #1 and righthanded pitcher Persio Reyes received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets # 2. 

 
STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: JOSH SATIN (INF)
 
 
Height: 6-2            Weight: 200            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
Born: 12/23/84, Hidden Hills, CA            Resides: Hidden Hills, CA           
Obtained: Mets’ 25th-round pick in 2007            Signing Scout: Doug Thurman
 

Satin split the season between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and Buffalo (AAA) of the International League, hitting a combined .323 (156-483) in 132 games between the two levels. He added 12 home runs and 76 RBI and earned a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team. The 26-year-old native of Hidden Hill, CA finished the minor-league season as the third-leading hitter among all Mets farm hands and Satin earned a September 1 promotion to the major leagues. He made his major league debut on September 4 and singled his first major league at-bat.    

 
 
STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR:  DARIN GORSKI (LHP)
 
 
Height: 6-4            Weight: 210            Bats: Left            Throws: Left           
Born: 10/6/87, Lancaster, PA            Resides: Mount Joy, PA           
Obtained: Mets’ seventh-round pick in 2009            Signing Scout: Scott Hunter
 

Gorski went 11-3 with a Florida State League-best 2.08 ERA (32 earned runs/138.2 innings pitched) in 27 games, 21 starts for St. Lucie (A). The 6-4, 210-pound lefthander struck out 140, walked 29 and allowed 109 hits to win Pitcher of the Year honors in the FSL. Gorski, who started the season in the bullpen, won his first 10 decisions and finished with a 1.98 ERA (27 earned runs/122.2 innings) as a starter. He struck out a professional-high 13 on May 26 vs. Jupiter and tossed three complete games. A seventh-round draft choice in 2009, Gorski made the Florida State League All-Star Game and started for the South squad in a 5-3 loss to the North.

 

2011 STERLING AWARD WINNERS 

 
BUFFALO (AAA) OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE: CHRIS SCHWINDEN (RHP)
 
 
Height: 6-3            Weight: 165            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
Born: 9/22/86, Visalia,CA            Resides: Visalia, CA           
Obtained: Mets’ 22nd-round pick in 2008            Signing Scout: Doug Thurman
 

Schwinden went 8-8 with a 3.95 ERA (64 earned runs/145.2 innings) in 26 games, all starts, for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. The 6-3, 165-pound righthander started the season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and appeared in two games out of the bullpen before a promotion to the Bisons. Schwinden tossed a scoreless inning in the International League All-Star Game and received a September 1 promotion to the Mets. He made his major league debut on September 8, starting and dropping a 6-5 decision to Atlanta at Citi Field.

 
BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: JEURYS FAMILIA (RHP)
 
 
Height: 6-3            Weight: 186            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
Born: 10/10/89, Barahona, DR            Resides: Barahona, DR           
Obtained: Signed as a non-drafted FA in 2007           
Signing Scout: Ramon Pena, Ismael Cruz, Marcelino Vallejo
 

Familia, the 2009 Sterling Organization Pitcher of the Year, went 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA (34 earned runs/87.2 innings) in 17 games, all starts, for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League. He struck out better than a hitter per inning (96 in 87.2 innings) and finished with 35 walks and 85 hits. The 21-year-old righthander started the season at St. Lucie where he went 1-1 with a 1.49 ERA (six earned runs/36.1 innings) in six starts before a promotion to the Bisons.  

 
 
ST. LUCIE (A) OF THE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE: MATT HARVEY (RHP)
 
 
Height: 6-4            Weight: 225            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
Born: 3/27/89, New London, CT            Resides: Mystic, CT           

Obtained: Mets’ first-round pick in 2010            Signing Scout: Marlin McPhail

 

Harvey, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 8-2 with a 2.37 ERA (20 earned runs/76.0 innings) in 14 games, all starts, for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. He struck out 92 in 76.0 innings and started his pro career with four straight wins, not allowing an earned run until his fifth start of the season. He earned a promotion to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League where he went 5-3 with a 4.53 ERA (30 earned runs/59.2 innings), winning his final five starts with the Bisons. His combined 13 wins led all Mets minor leaguers.  

 
 
SAVANNAH (A) OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE: ANGEL CUAN (LHP)
 
 
Height: 5-10            Weight: 150            Bats: Left            Throws: Left           
Born: 5/29/89, David, Chirqui, Panama            Resides: David, Chirqui, Panama           
Obtained: Signed as a non-drafted FA in 2007           
Signing Scout: Ismael Cruz, Fred Mazuca, Alex Zapata
 

Cuan won 10 games for Savannah of the South Atlantic League to finish tied for fourth in the Mets organization for wins. The 22-year-old lefthander struck out 99 batters on the season and only walked 16, finishing with a 3.56 ERA (49 earned runs/124.0 innings) in 32 games, 14 starts. Cuan began the season in the bullpen before finishing the season in the rotation, where he went 5-2 with a 3.50 ERA (31 earned runs/79.2 innings).   


 
BROOKLYN (A) OF THE NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE: DANNY MUNO (INF)
 
 
Height: 5-11            Weight: 180            Bats: Switch            Throws: Right           
Born: 2/9/89, Long Beach, CA            Resides: Thousand Oaks, CA
Obtained: Mets’ eighth-round pick in 2011            Signing Scout: Doug Thurman
 
 

Muno, this year’s eighth-round selection out of Fresno State University, hit .355 (78-220) to set a franchise record for Brooklyn (A) and lead the New York-Penn League in hitting. The 22-year-old infielder also led the league in on-base percentage (.466) and finished in the top five with a .514 slugging percentage. Muno, named to the NYPL All-Star team, closed out the regular season on a 13-game hit streak and had multiple hits in 23 of his 59 games this year.

 
 
KINGSPORT (R) OF THE APPALACHIAN LEAGUE: CAM MARON (C)
 
 
Height: 6-1            Weight: 175            Bats: Left            Throws: Right           
Born: 1/20/91, Hicksville, NY            Resides: Hicksville, NY
Obtained: Mets 34th-round pick in 2009            Signing Scout: Larry Izzo, Jr.
 

Maron hit .318 (64-201) in 58 games to tie for the team batting title at Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League.  The 20-year-old native of Hicksville, NY also led the club and finished second in the league in on-base percentage (.434) and added three home runs and 24 RBI. He earned a late season promotion to Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League, where he appeared in one game and went 1-4 as the designated hitter.    

 
 
GULF COAST METS (R) OF THE GULF COAST LEAGUE: RAFAEL MONTERO (RHP)
 
 
Height: 6-0            Weight: 170            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
 
Born: 10/17/90, Higuerito, Banica, DR            Resides: Higuerito, Banica, DR 
Obtained: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011           

Signing Scout: Gerardo Cabrera, Ismael Cruz, Rafael Pérez

 

Montero went 1-2 with a save and a 1.45 ERA (five earned runs/31.0 innings) in seven games, four starts for the GCL Mets (R) of the Gulf Coast League. He struck out better than a batter per inning (32 in 31 innings) while walking six total hitters. He spent time at four different levels for the Mets, combining to go 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA (17 earned runs/71 runs) in 17 games, eight starts.   

 
 
DSL METS # 1 (R) OF THE DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE: MAIKI DE LA CRUZ (OF)
 
 
Height: 5-11            Weight: 174            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           

Born: 9/06/90, Santo Domingo, DR            Resides: Santo Domingo, DR

 
Obtained: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010                       

Signing Scout: Alexis De La Cruz, Ismael Cruz, Rafael Pérez

 

Outfielder Maiki De La Cruz split the season between the DSL Mets #1 and the DSL Mets #2. He led the DSL Mets #1 with a .316 average (30-95) and was second with a .389 on-base percentage. The 21-year-old hit a combined .321 (85-265) with 31 RBI between his two stops, appearing in 73 games.

 
DSL METS # 2 (R) OF THE DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE: PERSIO REYES (RHP)
 
 
Height: 6-2            Weight: 151            Bats: Right            Throws: Right           
Born: 3/17/93, Mao, DR            Resides: Mao, DR
Obtained: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010

Signing Scout: Sandy Rosario, Camilo Piña, Ismael Cruz, Rafael Pérez

 

Reyes finished 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA (16 earned runs/50.0 innings) in 11 games, 10 starts for the DSL Mets #2. He led the team in starts and innings while limiting opponents to a 1.10 WHIP. He also appeared in five games for the DSL Mets #1, making four starts. He finished with a combined record of 4-2 and a 1.95 ERA in 16 games, 14 starts.




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