While the development of Jenrry Mejia attracted most of this season's early attention, the stealth success of Dillon Gee reached another level Wednesday when the 24-year-old righthander set the modern-era strikeout record for Triple-A Buffalo.

Gee whiffed eight batters in the Bisons' 7-6 victory over visiting Rochester and rung up Jose Morales for No. 138, which snapped the previous record set by Vicente Palacios in 1990.

Gee now sits at 144 strikeouts in 145 innings and should be in line for a September call-up in less than two weeks.

Before the Mets settled on R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi as early replacements for John Maine and Oliver Perez, Gee was in the mix but never got another look because the Mets haven't needed much help in the rotation. They've used nine starting pitchers through 120 games - as compared to 11 last year, when each one made at least seven starts and seven reached double digits.