COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia reliever Adonis Uceta was named the South Atlantic League-BC® Relief Pitcher of the Month for June, SAL President Eric Krupa announced. The 2017 All-Star did not allow a run in 13.1 innings in the month, and saved four games in four opportunities. What's more spectacular is that Uceta's scoreless inning streak stretches as far back as May 11; the right-hander hasn't allowed a run in 20 innings (13 appearances).
The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, struck out 16 batters in June and allowed just 10 hitters to reach base (seven hits, two walks, one hit by pitch). Uceta excels when the pressure is on. The 23-year-old has inherited 19 runners on the base-paths when he's entered games this season; he has allowed just four of those runners to score (two of which were plated on a sacrifice fly and an infield single).
"He's the guy you want with the ball in his hand when situations are tough," Manager Jose Leger said. "He's done a tremendous job and I'm very happy for him because he's one of those guys who everybody likes in the clubhouse. Everybody enjoys having him."
Uceta was signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2013. This season with Columbia, the reliever is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA and seven saves. He has the third-lowest batting average against (.143) in the league, and has struck out 39 hitters in 33.2 innings.
The South Atlantic League-BC® Relief Pitcher of the Month award is sponsored by BC® Powder, the "Preferred Pain Reliever of the South Atlantic League." The award is given to the most outstanding relief pitcher in the league for the prior month.
Uceta and the Fireflies continue its series with the Rome Braves on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Visit FirefliesTickets.com, the Spirit Communications Park ticket office or call (803) 726-4487 for tickets.
About the Columbia Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies are the South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets. Winners of Ballpark Digest's Best New Branding and Logo Award in 2016, the Fireflies play games across the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions, including against in-state rivals in Charleston and Greenville. The team partnered with the city of Columbia and Hughes Development to construct Spirit Communications Park, a multi-use outdoor sports and entertainment venue at the center of the BullStreet development. The Columbia Fireflies are owned by Hardball Capital, owners of the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League. For more information, visit ColumbiaFireflies.com, or follow the Fireflies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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