Columbia Fireflies pitcher Merandy Gonzalez was named South Atlantic League Player of the Month on Monday.
Gonzalez is the first Firefly to win that honor.
Gonzalez began the season with a 28 2/3 innings scoreless streak before it ended Wednesday against Delmarva. He is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts with 28 strikeouts and five walks in 33 1/3 innings.
Gonzalez signed as a non-drafted free agent.
Baseball America labeled the right-hander as New York’s “breakout prospect” for 2017. Last season, he had a 2.87 ERA with the short season-A Brooklyn Cyclones in 14 starts. Gonzalez also tossed a no-hitter in a seven-inning game while with the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2015.