09/05/2010 8:06 AM
Former Cyclone Lucas Duda made his major league debut with the Mets on Wednesday , September 1st, becoming the 27th team alum to make it to the big leagues. Duda made his professional debut with Brooklyn in 2007, after being selected by the Mets in the seventh round of that year's June draft, out of the University of Southern California.
Duda was a standout hitter for the '07 McNamara Division championship team, splitting time between first base and left field. He hit .299 (70-for-234) on the year, with 32 runs, 20 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 32 RBI, and three stolen bases. Duda also hit a mammoth home run in Game One of the NYPL Semi-Finals to help Brooklyn beat Staten Island, who they would go on to sweep before losing in the Championship Series. Duda's 17-game hitting streak in 2007 still stands as the longest in franchise history.
Lucas went on to play for the St. Lucie Mets (A) in 2008, and the Binghamton Mets (AA) in 2009. He split time during the 2010 campaign between Binghamton and Buffalo (AAA). In 114 games between the two stops, he hit .304 (129-424) with 74 runs scored, 40 doubles, 23 home runs and 87 RBI. Since his promotion to Buffalo in mid-June he hit .314 (83-264) with 44 runs scored, 23 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 53 RBI in 70 games. The lefthanded-hitting Duda tied a Buffalo franchise record with a home run in five consecutive games from June 28th to July 2nd.