On Wednesday, September 15th, the New York Mets' top minor leaguers were invited to Citi Field to participate in batting practice, before being honored in a pre-game on-field ceremony.
Duda split time during the 2010 campaign between Binghamton (AA) 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. After being promoted 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. In 2007, Duda made his professional debut with Brooklyn, and 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) that 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.
2010 Sterling Pitcherof the Year: Mark Cohoon
Cohoon split time during the 2010 campaign between Savannah (A) and Binghamton (AA). In 26 games (all starts) games between the two stops, he went 12-5 with a 2.57 ERA. Cohoon started the year at Savannah, and went 7-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 13 starts. In 90.1 innings for the Sand Gnats, he allowed 68 hits, 15 runs -- 13 earned -- and 17 walks, while striking out 75. After being promoted to Binghamton in late June, he went 5-4 with a 4.18 ERA. In 71.0 innings for the B-Mets, he allowed 74 hits, 41 runs -- 33 earned -- and 15 walks, while striking out 56. In 2009, pitching for the Cyclones, Cohoon led the New York-Penn League with nine wins (9-2), and ranked sixth with a 2.15 ERA. In a league-high 92.0 IP, he allowed 69 hits, 26 runs, 22 earned, and 20 walks, with 70 strikeouts. Opponents hit .210 against Cohoon, and he surrendered just 18 extra-base hits, while facing 356 batters. Mark’s nine wins tied a Cyclones’ franchise record, and his 92.0 innings established a new club record. Cohoon pitched six or more innings in 12 of his 14 starts, and allowed two earned runs or less 10 times. He struck out a season-high nine batters on 8/15 vs. ONT.
2010 Sterling Award winners:
The Cyclones' previous Sterling Award winners have been:
2009: LHP Mark Cohoon
2008: RHP Brad Holt
2007: RHP Dylan Owen
2006: OF Dustin Martin
2005: OF Joe Holden
2004: OF Ambiorix Concepcion
2003: 1B Ian Bladergroen
2002: RHP Kevin Deaton
2001: 1B Jay Caligiuri & LHP Ross Peeples