Eddie Kunz kept getting stronger as the Double-A season progressed. After putting together his…
Rustich Ready for More Innings
Six-foot-six, 230 pound Brant Rustich piggybacked 2007 top overall selection Eddie Kunz as another big, hard-throwing right-hander who fans envisioned one day lighting up the radar gun from the back of the Mets' bullpen. What he accomplished during his rookie season split between Kingsport and Brooklyn certainly aided in those hopes, as he blazed through 15 appearances, registering a combined 3-0 record, 1.57 ERA, 21/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .125 opponent's batting average in 23 innings pitched. Yet an up-and-down stint in the Hawaiian Winter League was perhaps an omen of what would come of Rustich's start to the 2008 season. Wear and tear of his triceps muscle in his throwing arm kept him in St. Lucie through the start of the season, then when expecting to remain in St. Lucie for his season debut, he found out he was off the Savannah to fill a spot in the bullpen. Nonetheless, he accepted his assignment and his role. The idea was to ease Rustich into the season and the...
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