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Mets honor top Minor League prospects

Mets honor top Minor League prospects

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Lucas Duda may be struggling to adapt to the Major League level, but his contributions on the farm this season have not gone unnoticed.

The Mets on Wednesday named Duda their Sterling Organizational Player of the Year, after a Minor League season in which he hit .304 with 23 home runs in 115 games split between Triple-A Buffalo and Double-A Binghamton. Though Duda, 24, is just 1-for-32 in 12 games since his promotion to the Mets, earlier this season, he became the fifth Buffalo player in 125 years to hit home runs in five consecutive games.

The Mets also named Mark Cohoon, who posted a 2.57 ERA over 161 1/3 innings split between Binghamton and Class A Savannah, their Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year.

Each year, the Mets honor their top Minor League player and pitcher, along with one member of each of their nine affiliates, with their Sterling Awards.

This year's affiliate winners were right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee for Buffalo, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for Binghamton, shortstop Wilmer Flores for Class A Advanced St. Lucie, outfielder Cesar Puello for Savannah, outfielder Darrell Ceciliani for short-season Class A Brooklyn, infielder Aderlin Rodriguez for Rookie Appalachian League Kingsport, right-handed pitcher Domingo Tapia for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Mets, and outfielder Eudy Pina and catcher Hector Alvarez from the organization's two Dominican Summer League teams.

Many of those players represent the future for the Mets. Last year's Sterling Organizational Player of the Year, for example, was first baseman Ike Davis.

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