(bisons.com)- The Buffalo Bisons season finale against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs
today has been postponed due to rain. The game will not be made up. The
Bisons finished the 2012 season with a record of 67-76 and in 6th place
in the International League North Division.
Opening Day 2013 will be Thursday, April 4 as the Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.
With the conclusion of the season, the New York Mets announced that they
will promote six Bisons before their game tomorrow in St. Louis. The
Mets will select the contract of OF FRED LEWIS and LHP JUSTIN HAMPSON
and recall RHP JENRRY MEJIA, RHP JEURYS FAMILIA, RHP ELVIN RAMIREZ and
INF JORDANY VALDESPIN. New York already recalled RHP COLLIN McHUGH on
Monday to start in St. Louis.
Lewis was the Bisons 2012 Most Valuable Player and led the team in
average (.294), doubles (26), triples (7), extra-base hits (46),
slugging percentage (.482), stolen bases (25) and runs scored (80). He
homered in back-to-back games on four separate occasions in 2012 and
leaves the Herd on an 11-game hit streak.
Hampson made 51 appearances out of the Bisons bullpen this season,
becoming the first Buffalo pitcher to record two 50-game seasons in the
modern era (52 games in 2011). Overall, the southpaw was 4-3 with a
2.33ERA and four saves in 65.2 innings of work (63 hits, 59 strikeouts).
Hampson was given the Bisons "Hometown Hero" award this year for his
excellence in home games. Hampson was 3-1 with a 1.77ERA in 27
appearances at Coca-Cola Field.
With 28 starts in 2012, Familia made more starts than any other pitcher
in the International League. The righty was 9-9 with a 4.73ERA. He
collected 128 strikeouts, 6th most in the International League and the
5th most in a single season by a Bisons pitcher in the modern era.
Ramirez was named the Bisons 2012 Comeback Player of the Year. The
righty missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but came back
strong to go 3-1 with a 2.36ERA and one save in 33 appearances out of
the Bisons bullpen. Ramirez struck out 41 and allowed just 26 hits in
42.0 innings of work.
Mejia was 3-4 with a 3.54ERA in 10 starts and 16 relief appearances for
the Bisons. The righty fared much better as a starting pitcher while
with Buffalo. In his 10 starts, Mejia was 2-3 with a 2.75ERA and only 48
hits allowed in 52.1 innings of work.
Valdespin played just 39 games with the Bisons this year, spending most
of June, July and August with the Mets. During his time in Buffalo, he
averaged .285 with two doubles, a triple, five home runs, 23RBI and 10
stolen bases in 39 games.