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Valleycats crowned NYPL champions

September 14, 2010

Carlos Quevedo throws a pitch on June 18, 2010 (Mike McMahon / The Record)

The Tri-City Valleycats won the 2010 New York-Penn League championship Tuesday after defeating the Brooklyn Cyclones 5-1 in the second game of the best of three championship series.

Valleycats starting pitcher Carlos Quevedo earned the win, allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings pitched.

Second baseman Enrique Hernandez went 3-4 with a double, a walk and two runs batted in.

The win capped an interesting season for the Valleycats, who snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season by beating out the Connecticut Tigers for the Stedler Division crown.

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Cyclones and Valleycats to vie for NYPL crown

September 10, 2010

The Brooklyn Cyclones and Tri-City Valleycats advanced to the New York-Penn League championship series after defeating the Jamestown Jammers and the Batavia Muckdogs respectively.

The best of three championship series will begin Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Troy, N.Y.

NYPL playoff matchups set

September 6, 2010

The first round of the New York-Penn League playoffs will begin Tuesday with the Tri-City Valleycats hosting the Batavia Muckdogs and the Jamestown Jammers hosting the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tri-City’s pitching staff finished third in the league with a 3.43 ERA, but it will have its hands full trying to slow down a Batavia offense that scored a league-leading 410 runs in the regular season.

Jamestown is tasked with trying to knock off a Brooklyn team that has the look of a juggernaut.  The Cyclones finished the regular season with a 51-24 record, led the league in ERA and home runs and has two New York-Penn League MVP candidates in Cory Vaughn and Darrell Ceciliani.

Cyclones stop Tigers

August 28, 2010

The Brooklyn Cyclones have the best record in the New York-Penn League and they showed why Saturday night, defeating the Connecticut Tigers 10-0 in front of 2,684 fans at Dodd Stadium.

Rayni Guichardo took the loss Saturday, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 6.0 innings pitched

Brooklyn bludgeoned the Tigers pitching staff with seven extra base hits, including home runs from Blake Forsythe and Jeff Flagg.  Most of the damage occurred in the eighth inning in which the Cyclones battered Tigers relievers Ramon Lebron and Logan Hoch to the tune of six runs on six hits and two walks.

Cyclones starting pitcher Yohan Almonte may have appreciated the offensive support, but he hardly needed it, as he shutout the Tigers for all nine innings to earn the complete game victory.

With the loss, Connecticut dropped from first to third place in the Stedler Division standings as Vermont and Tri-City were both victorious in their games against the Aberdeen IronBirds and Hudson Valley Renegades respectively.

The Tigers and Cyclones will continue their series at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.  Josue Carreno (4-6, 4.47) is scheduled to start for the Tigers.  He will be opposed by Angel Cuan (5-0, 1.91) of the Cyclones.

Previewing the Brooklyn Cyclones

June 5, 2010

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.