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Molina racks up 12 more K's for Brooklyn

Right-handed Mets prospect has fanned 73 in 62 2/3 innings this season

Right-hander Marcos Molina, the Mets' No. 16 prospect,, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings Friday, helping short-season Brooklyn defeat Vermont, 7-0.

Molina held the Lake Monsters to one hit (a second-inning single), one walk and one hit batsman. He retired the final six batters he faced, striking out four of them.

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Molina has now matched or exceeded his career high for strikeouts in each of his last three starts. That streak began when he matched his then-career high of nine strikeouts in eight innings on Aug. 2 against Connecticut. He struck out 11 in six innings Saturday at Batavia before one-upping himself on Friday.

With the victory, Molina improved to 6-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 10 starts. The 19-year old has struck out 73 batters and walked 12 in 62 2/3 innings this season. He leads the New York-Penn League in strikeouts and WHIP (0.83) and ranks second in ERA.

The Cyclones got an offensive boost Friday from Michael Conforto, the Mets' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs. In 27 games, Conforto, the Mets' No. 4 prospect and No. 82 on's Top 100 Prospects List, is hitting .320/.415/.440.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill.

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