Stony Brook alum Tom Koehler is on the list of minor league ball players being considered for the MiLB Best Double A Starter award.
A product of New Rochelle High School, Koehler was a two-time All-America East second team selection and led the conference in strikeouts his senior season.
He was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 18th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
He has risen through the ranks of the Marlins’ system, first playing for the Jamestown Jammers for his Class-A short-season assignment. There he went 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA and recorded 58 strikeouts in 15 games.
The following season he pitched for Class-A Greensboro, again going 5-5, but improving his ERA to 3.20.
He advanced to the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League, going 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA and started the 2010 season with Double-A Jacksonville.
This season he was a Southern League All-Star and finished 16-2 with a 2.61 ERA and145 strikeouts in 28 games.
For his efforts, he was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Year.
“I was real happy and honored, because there are so many good pitchers in this league, but, ultimately, my goal isn’t to win awards in Double-A,” he told The Journal News last week. “This year, I kind of showed myself that I can pitch at higher levels, and that’s going to motivate me to work even harder this off-season.”
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