Originally written June 04, 2012 on Mets360.com:
The Mets have a lot of pitchers in their system that seem to succeed despite being later draft picks.  Collin McHugh is one such example.  Drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 draft, McHugh left college for the big leagues. When I look back at McHugh’s time with the Mets it’s hard for me to find too much to fault.  He signed quickly and played in Rookie Ball back in 2008.  Throughout his minor league career he has averaged a K/9 of 9.0, a K/BB of 3.22 and an ERA of 3.30. 2012 has seen McHugh repeating in AA.  He’s not in AA because he’s not ready for AAA or the majors… he’s just blocked by a plethora of arms.  We’ve been through it before, but the Mets cannot promote McHugh or Wheeler while Harvey, Familia, Schwinden, Hefner and others are vying for starts in AAA.  Now that Chris Young has been promoted we are moving closer to the point where the Mets could. In this season and through 10 starts, McHugh is 5-3 with a 2.17 ERA.  He’s a bit off his career K/9 but nothing to get too con
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