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Mets minor leaguer Duane Below named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week

The lefty threw a shutout to earn the recognition.

Chris McShane

Las Vegas 51s pitcher Duane Below has been named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week. Below's dominant outing last week was enough to earn him the award. The 29-year-old lefty threw a complete game, four-hit shutout last Tuesday.

The Mets signed Below back in January, and he's had some success in Las Vegas so far this year, with a 4-2 record and a 2.18 ERA in nine games. He has struck out 5.01 opposing hitters per nine while walking 1.31, and his 0.87 home runs per nine is a respectable rate considering the hitter-friendly conditions of the Pacific Coast League.

Below hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, when he spent a brief two game stint with the Marlins. In those two games he game up three runs and six hits. For his career in the big leagues, Below is 2-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 43 appearances over parts of three seasons. The Mets are Below's third organization since being drafted by the Tigers in 2006.