Medina, Kines Named NYPL Player, Pitcher of the Week

By Jacob Resnick

July 19, 2017 1 Comment

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

Brooklyn Cyclones OF Jose Miguel Medina and LHP Gunnar Kines were named the New York-Penn League player and pitcher of the week for the period of July 10th-16th, the league announced Wednesday.

The last Cyclone to garner the award was RHP Gary Cornish, who was named the final NYPL pitcher of the week in 2016. Brooklyn had not swept the awards since July 1, 2012, when 1B Cole Frenzel and RHP Luis Mateo were honored.

Medina enjoyed a week in which he hit .400 (10-25) with three multi-hit games and three stolen bases. The swiped bags pushed his season total to 16, which puts Medina on a solid pace to break the franchise single-season record, which was set by Angel Pagan (30) in 2001.

Medina’s week was punctuated by a walk-off double on Sunday against State College, which was part of a 3-4 game. After the contest, manager Edgardo Alfonzo noted what his outfielder had been working on in batting practice, which has led to his recent success.

“When he gets his foot down early, great things are going to happen,” said Alfonzo.

Kines tossed ten shutout innings over two appearances in the span, and scattered two hits while punching out nine.

The 23-year-old solidified his award by shutting down the Spikes in the same game Medina walked off. In six innings of work, Kines allowed one hit and no runs while striking out three. It was the fourth strong outing in a row for the southpaw, but only his first start since June 30. Alfonzo said he felt comfortable slotting Kines back into the rotation after his solid bullpen outings.

“He’s a little weak in the arm from all of the innings he’s thrown in the independent leagues, but he has been showing improved strength so that’s why we put him back in the rotation,” Alfonzo said.

Kines is next scheduled to start on Friday, July 21 in Connecticut.