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Antonini Assumes Role in Rotation

Antonini was a starter in college

Michael Antonini, the Mets 18th round selection in last June's draft, made quite an impact in the Brooklyn bullpen last season after starting the season in Kingsport. Though the majority of his innings n 2007 came in relief, he received starts down the homestretch which set the stage for him to join the rotation during Spring Training. Inside Pitch spoke with Antonini about his transition.

The second-year southpaw arrived in Brooklyn at the end of July last season after posting sharp number as a starter in Kingsport rotation [1-1, 3.71, 18 K in 17 IP], but on the Cyclones roster Michael Antonini was an out machine, locking down games as a long reliever. In 19.2 innings pitched, he did not record a decision but surrendered just a single earned run and gave up 13 hits. He ended...

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