(photo by Kevin Littlefield)
Jo-Jo Reyes certainly took away the sting of the Fisher Cats losing an important piece of their pitching staff in Tim Collins. In his first start for New Hampshire, after coming over in a 5-player trade between Toronto and Atlanta, Reyes was damn near perfect! He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Binghamton Mets last Friday night at Merchantsauto.com Stadium before Jonathan Malo got to him for a double. That was the only time the B-Mets could figure Reyes out. He wound up tossing 8 full innings, allowing no runs and only 2 walks while striking out 6 batters. That effort earned Reyes Eastern League Player of the Week honors.
Reyes is the sixth Fisher Cat to earn PotW honors in the EL this season. The other players were Luis Perez (April 18th), Darin Mastroianni (May 9th), Adam Calderone (May 16th), Shawn Bowman (June 7th) and most recently Kyle Drabek (July 4th) following his no-hitter week. It's easy to see why New Hampshire has been at the top of the Eastern Division for most of the season. With Reyes, Drabek and Zack Stewart in the rotation, there may be no doubt that they will stay there too. Here's hoping they keep this potent staff together.
So welcome to Manchester Jo-Jo, and congrats on a much deserved honor!