(Photo Courtesy of Marc Levine)
On Saturday afternoon Hansel Robles may have gotten a glimpse into his future when he took center stage at Citi Field as the recipient of the Sterling Award for the Cyclones, emblematic of the team MVP. Robles set a franchise record with a 1.11 ERA and a 6-1 record during the 2012 regular season. In addition, a pair of former Cyclones were honored as well. Wilmer Flores received the Sterling Award for the Organizational Player of the Year, while Rafael Montero was honored as the Sterling Pitcher of the Year.
Right-handed pitcher Hansel Robles finished the season with a league-low 1.11 ERA, which breaks right hander Eric Brown’s mark of 1.16 set in 2006. Robles ranked fifth in the league with 66 strikeouts, and led all pitchers defensively with a 1.000 fielding percentage. He had five putouts, 16 assists, and no errors in 21 total chances.
Robles is 4-1 with a 0.53 ERA in eight starts at MCU Park. He is undefeated on the road, holding a 2-0 record with a 2.49 ERA in four starts. Overall, Robles has an ERA of 1.11. He's thrown 72.2 innings, allowing 14 runs (nine earned) on 47 hits with 10 walks. Second only to Tri-City's Brian Holmes, Robles has held opposing batters to a .184 average. He leads the league with a 0.78 WHIP.
The Dominican native threw a season-high 8.0 innings on July 22nd at home against Staten Island, and again on August 10th against Vermont. The Cyclones won both of those contests, defeating the Yankees 2-1 and shutting out the Lake Monsters 1-0. Eight innings is also the most thrown by a Cyclones starter this season. Robles also holds the record for the longest scoreless streak by a Cyclones starter in 2012. He has not allowed a run in 22.0 innings (since August 4th).
Robles was also one of four Cyclones hurles who took part in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on August 14th at Eastwood Field in Niles, OH. He pitched 1.0 scoreless inning of relief, allowing just one hit to help lead the National League All-Stars to a 8-1 victory.