Mets cut eight from camp

o8TgBVbL.jpgThe New York Mets optioned RHP DILLION GEE to minor league camp. The club also re-assigned seven players to minor league camp, including INF RUSS ADAMS, OF JASON PRIDIE and RHP RYOTA IGARASHI -all of which spent significant time with the Bisons a season ago.

Also re-assigned today were RHP BOOF BONSOR, LHP TAYLOR TANKERSLEY, C DUSTY RYAN and C RAUL CHAVEZ.

Gee, 24, was the Mets 2010 Sterling Award winner as the organization’s top Triple-A player. With the Herd, the righty was 13-8 with a 4.96ERA and a Bisons modern era single-season record 165 strikeouts (161.1IP, 89ER). Gee’s strikeout total was 28 more than the previous record of 137 set by RHP Vicente Palacios in 1990.

Gee’s 165 strikeouts were 23 more than any other pitcher at the Triple-A level in 2010. He also finished second in the International League with his 13 wins. After the conclusion of the Bisons’ season, Gee was promoted to the Mets where he was 2-2 with a 2.18ERA in five starts.

Adams, 30, spent the entire 2010 season with the Bisons and led the club with 28 doubles, 46 extra-base hits, 58RBI and 58 runs scored. In 108 games, Adams hit .264 (101-383) with 16 home runs while splitting time in the infield and the outfield.

Pridie, 27, played 40 games with the Bisons in 2010 until a pair of hamstring injuries shortened his season. The outfielder hit .280 (46-164) with three home runs, 19RBI and nine stolen bases.

Igarashi, 31, made 15 appearances with the Herd last season, posting a 2-1 record and two saves with a 3.31ERA (16.1IP, 6ER).

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