Previewing the Brooklyn Cyclones

The Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League affiliate of the New York Mets, finished last season in second place in the McNamara Division with a 45-30 record.  They will travel to Dodd Stadium for a three game series against the Connecticut Tigers August 28-30.

The most highly touted Mets prospect in extended spring training is left-handed pitcher Steven Matz.  According to Toby Hyde, author of Mets Minor League Blog, Matz throws a low 90s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.  He has the talent to be the ace of Brooklyn’s pitching staff, but the Mets might opt to assign him to their Appalachian League affiliate in Kingsport.

Athletic outfielders Darrell Ceciliani, Julio Concepcion and Ronald Harris could give Brooklyn one of the better outfield defenses in the New York-Penn League this season.  Despite struggling in his professional debut with Kingsport a year ago, Ceciliani should receive a promotion to Brooklyn this year.  Baseball America says he is a good athlete who has drawn comparisons to Jacoby Ellsbury, but some scouts question his hitting ability.

Concepcion put up solid offensive numbers in the Gulf Coast League last season.  While he did not hit for much power, his profile on Mets Minor League Blog says he projects to add power as he matures physically.  He is a candidate to move up to Brooklyn, but the Mets may keep him on a conservative development track and assign him to Kingsport.

Harris was one of Kingsport’s better hitters in 2009, posting an .802 OPS in 184 at bats.  His performance earned him a late-season promotion to Brooklyn, where he will most likely spend the bulk of his 2010 season.

John Freeman projects as Brooklyn’s starting catcher.  He is a left-handed hitter with power potential, but he struggled last season in Kingsport, hitting only .221 while slugging just .305 in 131 at bats.

Infielders Aderlin Rodriguez, Chase Greene and Joe Bonfe are also candidates for the Brooklyn roster.

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