Local arms delivered in minor leagues this season

slynch@mercedsunstar.comSeptember 10, 2013 

The next level didn't prove anymore difficult for Dylan Floro than the previous one had.

The former Buhach Colony ace spent most of his first full minor league baseball season dominating batters in the Midwest League. In 19 starts, Floro was 9-2 with a 1.81 ERA, getting named to the Midwest League All-Star game along the way.

That showing prompted a late-season promotion to High A Charlotte of the Florida State League. Floro got four starts, going 2-0 with a pair of complete games and a 1.61 ERA. He struck out 99 for the season while yielding just 22 walks.

Floro is one of eight minor league players with local ties, here's a look at how the rest fared this year:

Curtis Partch, Triple A Louisville

Partch got his long awaited call-up to the big leagues in early June and spent almost two months with the Cincinnati Reds before getting sent back down to Louisville at the end of August. He's back up with the big club after the September roster expansions, but closed out another solid minor league season. Partch finished the year 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA, six saves and 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched.

Eddie Gamboa, Triple A Norfolk

Gamboa's switch to being a knuckleball pitcher was full of ups and downs. The former Merced High right-hander struggled after his July promotion to Triple A, posting a 2-5 record with a 6.23 ERA in nine starts.

For the year, Gamboa went 6-11 with a 4.43 ERA and 114 strikeouts.

Bradin Hagens, Double A Mobile

Hagens' first full season at Double A was a good one. The former Merced College star was nearly lights out on the mound for the month of June and finished the year 11-8 with a 3.47 ERA, making a career-high 26 starts.

Brett Mooneyham, High A Potomac

Like his former BC teammate Floro, Mooneyham made Low A ball look easy at times in his first full minor-league season. The southpaw went 10-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 17 starts and got a late-season call-up to Potomac.

Things didn't go as smoothly in his three starts there, as he yielded 13 walks and 19 runs in just 11 1/3 innings, taking the loss in all three games. He'll try to right the ship in the Carolina League playoffs tonight.

Jake Sisco, Low A Lake County

Sisco struggled down the stretch, getting knocked around a bit after the All-Star break. He was 3-5 with a respectable 3.25 ERA through his first 12 games. The former MC ace went 1-6 with a 6.84 ERA the rest of the way.

Shawn Stuart, Low A Short Season Tri-City

After showing off pinpoint command in his first minor-league campaign, Stuart had a slightly rougher go this time around.

The former Blue Devil surrendered 24 walks and 31 hits in 34 2/3 innings of relief. He went 3-2 with a 5.71 ERA.

Ben Griset, Low A Short Season Hudson Valley

Griset had a solid minor-league debut after getting drafted in June. The former Gustine hurler went 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 14 starts. His command was great all year, striking out 55 and walking 10 in 66 innings pitched.

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