Brooklyn Cyclones Pitching Prospect Review

Eddy Camacho Was Bullpen Anchor

The Brooklyn Cyclones had a tremendous season, going 43-31 and advancing to the NY-Penn League playoffs. We will look at the peripherals stats of the Brooklyn pitchers, most of which pitched very well in 2004. We will look at the pitchers who logged a minimum of 35 innings with Brooklyn and did not accrue more than 40 innings at another level.

Edgar Alfonzo - LHP

The son of former Cyclones' manager Edgar Alfonzo and the nephew of former Met Edgardo Alfonzo, Edgar Alfonzo was signed as a free-agent out of Venezuela in 2002. An obvious fan favorite, Alfonzo had a very good eye. However, his success was based a lot on "smoke and mirrors" when you take a look at the peripheral numbers. He allowed almost 1.5 base runners per inning pitched while NY-Penn League batters hit a combined .284 off of him this past season. This Alfonzo doesn't turn 20 years old until December, but he still should find his way into the Hagerstown bullpen to begin 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

3.21

1.48

42.0

2.57

7.07

1.29

.284



Eddy Camacho - LHP

Camacho, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Cal-State Northridge, was perhaps the Cyclones' most consistent pitcher during the 2004 season. There was a reason Camacho went undrafted: he went 2-4 with a 5.66 ERA this past year in college, before baffling NY-Penn League batters for the Cyclones. Camacho's numbers, and peripherals, were fantastic across the board. The question is can Camacho repeat this type of success at a higher level? He'll get his chance to prove he can as a member of the Hagerstown bullpen next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

0.69

0.77

39.0

2.54

8.77

0.23

.140



Michael Devaney - RHP

Among the NY-Penn League leaders in ERA, Michael Devaney was the anchor of a very good Brooklyn starting rotation after being one of the Mets' Day 2 selections in the 2004 Amateur Draft. Devaney, a 23rd round pick out of Concordia University, led the Cyclones staff in ERA, innings pitched, and went a perfect 5-0 in 14 starts. Unfortunately, he also led the club with 29 walks so despite a fantastic season he still has a lot of room for improvement. He'll be in the front end of the Hagerstown rotation in 2005.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

1.95

1.25

69.1

3.76

7.27

0.13

.248



Scott Hyde - RHP

The Mets' 7th round draft pick out of George Fox University, Hyde led all of Division III in wins and strikeouts. The early plan for him after being drafted was to get him some side work in, no game pitching. His 51+ innings for the Cyclones tells you what happened with that plan as Hyde showed the signs of brilliance that has many scouts wondering if he was the steal of the draft for the Mets. Like Devaney, Hyde needs to work on his control. But his peripheral stats suggest he's going to be a good one. He'll join Devaney in the Hagerstown rotation next year.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

3.86

1.19

51.1

3.16

8.06

0.88

.235



Will Quaglieri - RHP

Quaglieri had very solid numbers in his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2005, keeping his WHIP ratio to 1.20 and posting a 3.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. But the bottom line is that as a starter, Quaglieri appears to be the odd man out in the Hagerstown rotation mix for next season, but should be their #1 option as a long reliever and spot starter for the Suns. He's very solid.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

3.86

1.20

35.0

1.80

6.69

0.77

.261



Celso Rondon - RHP

A product of the Mets' Venezuelan Summer League team, Rondon thrived as the Brooklyn closer in 2004 after a somewhat disappointing showing as the Bombers' setup man earlier in the year. Rondon's success is real simple: IF he can keep the walk totals down, he's just dominating as his peripherals suggest. Even when he struggled in low-A ball, opposing South Atlantic League batters hit just .227 off of him this year. Rondon will try low-A ball once more to begin the 2005 season, most likely as Hagerstown's closer.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Capital City

4.71

1.27

36.1

3.47

10.2

0.99

.227

A

Brooklyn

2.23

1.02

36.1

4.21

11.6

0.50

.155



Mike Swindell - RHP

Lost in the great performances by Michael Devaney, Scott Hyde, Evan MacLane, and the excellent bullpen trio of Alfonzo, Camacho, and Rondon was the superb professional debut of Mike Swindell. Swindell was the Mets' 29th round draft pick out of the University of Oklahoma and was perhaps the Cyclones' most effective starter. His 1.09 WHIP ratio led all the Cyclones' starters and NY-Penn League batters hit just .215 off of him this past season. Swindell earned his ticket to the Hagerstown rotation for next season.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

2.79

1.09

58.0

3.10

8.69

0.31

.215



Joseph Williams - LHP

Williams, drafted by the Mets in the 17th round of the 2004 draft out of St. Xavier's University, is am imposing figure on the mound. This overpowering left-hander was among the league leaders in ERA allowed and was the only Cyclones' starter to not throw a wild pitch, symbolizing his great control. As is the case with the other Cyclones' starters, Williams will have to cut down on his walk ratio if he plans on progressing through the Mets' system.

Level

Team

ERA

WHIP

IP

BB/9

K/9

HR/9

Avg.

A

Brooklyn

2.28

1.17

75.0

3.12

7.68

0.36

.234


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