04/29/2009 7:59 AM
Lefthanded sidearmer Roy Merritt was a dominant reliever for the 2008 Cyclones, allowing just 22 hits and seven earned runs, while striking out 55 batters in 42.1 innings for Brooklyn last year. Merritt went 3-0 with four saves and a 1.49 ERA in 25 games.
This season, he made the jump to Double-A, playing for Binghamton of the Eastern League, and became just the second Cyclone to advance straight to Double-A from Brooklyn. The other -- Joe Smith -- was also a sidearmer, and made his way to the big leagues the following year.
Merritt has excelled for the B-Mets to start the year, notching eight saves in nine appearances, and starting the season with 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings. Through his first 12 innings, he has allowed just seven hits and three earned runs (all in one game on 4/28) while striking out eight batters.
Merritt is one of 16 former Cyclones currently on the Binghamton roster. Fans can stay up-to-date on their progress at bmets.com.