Following Tuesday night’s win over the State College Spikes, the New York Mets promoted Nicco Blank from the Brooklyn Cyclones back to the Columbia Fireflies.
The New York Mets drafted Nicco in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB Draft from Central Arizona College in Coolidge, AZ. He was assigned to the Kingsport Mets in 2014 and pitched 9.1 innings in 10 games, posting an ERA of 11.57.
Nicco began the 2016 MiLB season with the Columbia Fireflies, struggling with an ERA of 11.12 in 11 appearances, finishing 8 games. Towards the end of May, Nicco was sent back to Extended Spring Training and began the 2016 NY – Penn League season with the Brooklyn Cyclones.
This season, Nicco appeared in just 2 games. He threw two shutout innings on Opening Night against the Yankees and 1.2 innings against the ValleyCats on June 20th in which he gave up a run in the Bottom of the 7th.
In other news, Jose Garcia, who was the Cyclones sole left-handed batter during the 2015 season, has undergone Tommy John Surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his elbow and to remove a bone chip from his right elbow.
He will miss the remainder of the season and there is no official time frame for his return. He is expected to be back next season, as Garcia is a catcher, but has played 3 games at First Base.
On the 2016 season, Jose is batting .200 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs in 70 games. Jose is in his 5th year with the Mets organization working his way up the ladder. He spent the 2012 season with the DSL Mets, 2013 with the GCL Mets, 2014 in Kingsport, 2015 in Brooklyn and this season in Columbia.