Kyle McMyne is pitching on the Triple-A level for the first time, putting the Old Forge graduate on target to become the latest northeastern Pennsylvania native to play professionally at PNC Field in Moosic.
McMyne opened the season with the Louisville Bats of the International League and has pitched well for them in the first week-plus of the season. The Bats play at PNC Field against the defending champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders April 25-27 in three 6:35 p.m. games.
Wayne Lydon from Valley View and Rich Thompson from Montrose both played at Lackawanna County Stadium/PNC Field as opponents in Triple-A games. Russ Canzler from Hazleton Area played at PNC Field, first as an opponent, then with the team. Crestwood’s Matt Wotherspoon pitched well for the RailRiders in last season’s championship run and is currently playing for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, waiting for his next chance.
A strong finish to 2016 set McMyne up to start this season with the Bats, the top farm team of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Villanova graduate spent two-plus seasons in Double-A with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Southern League. In 105 games with Pensacola, he was 6-9 with 14 saves in 20 attempts and a 4.12 earned run average.
McMyne’s numbers improved following the 2016 all-star break.
After giving up one run in one inning July 2, McMyne has been outstanding ever since.
In his final 21 games of 2016, McMyne went 3-1 and converted two out of three save opportunities while posting a brilliant 1.44 ERA. During that time, he allowed 19 hits and six walks while striking out 20 in 25 innings.
McMyne picked up where he left off.
The 27-year-old right-hander is unscored upon in his last eight outings, including four straight appearances of at least an inning each to begin this season. After pitching a perfect ninth inning in Thursday’s 11-4 win in Columbus, McMyne has gone 4 1/3 scoreless innings this season, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out one.
Cincinnati drafted McMyne in the fourth round in 2011 and he started 10 games that summer for Billings in the Pioneer League on the rookie level. He has started in all 250 games since.
McMyne is 19-20 overall with 31 saves in his professional career. He has a 4.96 ERA while giving up 382 hits and 166 walks in 341 1/3 innings. He has struck out 255.
McMyne gets an inordinate amount of his outs on groundballs because of a sinking fastball.
When he struggled at times prior to the last three months of game action, it has often been because of control problems and too many walks issued.
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