With their 17th pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected Radford…
2009 Brooklyn Cyclones Preview
LHP Matias Carrillo - 2009 SLU: 1-1, 9.28 ERA, 9 G, 10 2/3 IP, 8 K, 5 BB
RHP John Church – 2009 23rd Round Pick
RHP Mark Cohoon – 2008 KNG/SAV: 3-3, 4.58 ERA, 13 G, 10 GS, 51 1/3 IP, 43 K, 28 BB
LHP Angel Cuan - 2008 VSL: 1-8, 3.13 ERA, 14 GS, 72 IP, 74 K, 11 BB
LHP James Fuller – 2008 BRK: 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 8 G, 1 GS, 18 IP, 22 K, 5 BB
LHP Lance Hoge – 2009 36th Round Pick
RHP Mike Lynn – 2008 GCL/BRO: 0-1, 5.19 ERA, 5 G, 5 2/3 IP, 6 K, 5 BB
RHP Samuel Martinez – 2009 SAV: 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 3 G, 4 IP, 6 K, 2 BB
RHP Colin McHugh – 2008 KNG: 0-0, 4.17 ERA, 12 G, 8 GS, 41 IP, 1 SV, 41 K, 16 BB
RHP Brandon Moore - 2008 BRK/KNG: 5-1, 3.00 ERA, 14 G, 2 GS, 27 IP, 33 K, 14 BB
RHP Michael Powers – 2009 SAV: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 9 G, 15 IP, 11 K, 2 BB
LHP Brandon Sage – 2009 37th Round Pick
RHP Erik Turgeon – 2009 SAV: 1-1, 3.18 ERA, 10 G, 11.1 IP, 3 SV, 12 K, 11 BB
RHP Wes Wrenn – 2009 35th Round Pick
Juan Centeno – 2008 GCL: .206, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 13 H, 10 R, 2B, 8 BB, .315 OBP
Dock Doyle 2008 BRO/KNG: .303, 0 HR, 22 RBI, 53 H, 29 R, 13 2B, 22 BB, .382 OBP
Ralphie Henriquez – 2009 SLU/SAV: .327, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 17 H, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, .352 OBP
3B Matt Gaski – 2009 SAV: .389, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 14 H, 7 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, .421 OBP
UT Nick Giarraputo 2008 SAV: .242, 0 HR, 23 RBI, 48 H, 21 R, 12 2B, 14 BB, .301 OBP
1B Sam Honeck – 2009 11th Round Pick
SS Luis Nieves – 2009 SLU: .250, 1H, .250 OBP
UT James Schoreder – 2009 33rd Round Pick
UT John Servidio – 2008 BRO: .231, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 33 H, 17 R, 9 2B, 8 BB, .293 OBP
Alex Gregory – 2009 17th Round pick
Luis Rivera – 2009 SLU/BUF: .255, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 13 H, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 BB, .296 OBP
Seth Williams – 2009 SLU: .280, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 21 H, 8 R, 3 2B, 1 BB, .386 OBP
This is the listed roster but expect a few more names to be added or worked into the Cyclones clubhouse, including third round pick and shortstop Robbie Shields, 14th round pick R.J. Harris and 18th round pick Cody Holliday pending signings assignments. Fuller, Moore, Turgeon, Servidio and Williams are five returning players who saw significant time with last year's Cyclones roster. Pedro Lopez arrives in Brooklyn to lead the Cyclones following a stint as the Kingsport manager last season. His staff is filled out by hitting coach Jack Voigt, pitching coach Rick Tomlin and bench coach Joel Fuentes. Brooklyn comes off its 2008 season during which it went 45-30 and was eliminated from the NYPL playoffs on the season's final day.
As currently formulated, this year's Cyclones starting rotation and pitching staff lacks the top of the draft board power arm that it possessed the last two seasons with the likes of Brad Holt, Eddie Kunz and Brant Rustich, but the rotation does feature many pitchers who simply throw strikes and rely on command.
One pitcher who figures to garner a lot of attention is the 19-year-old southpaw Angel Cuan. Despite a rather unsightly record last season, Cuan boasted a fantastic strikeout-to-walk ratio and kept the ball in the yard while averaging five innings per outing. The left-hander's development will be closely watched this season but maybe the Mets have another fast riser like former Cyclone Jenrry Mejia.
Michael Powers picked up eight saves last season and could be in competition once again to man the back of the bullpen. Powers features a fastball/breaking ball combo and though he is just in his second season, he could bring an experienced leadership to a young staff.
James Fuller returns to reinforce his presence as left-handed force out of the bullpen, though not a hard throwing one. Fuller, who averages high-80s on his fastball, fits a similar mold to the recently promoted Jimmy Johnson.
The name that likely stands out most is that of catcher Dock Doyle. Doyle, a fifth round pick in the 2008 draft, did make one appearance this season with St. Lucie and went 3-for-3. Doyle spent the last week of the 2008 season with Brooklyn after a very productive rookie stint in Kingsport. While Doyle's bat will be of importance for the Cyclones' order, how he handles, assists and improves his own game with a young staff will go a long way towards his development.
Alex Gregory is one rookie hitter who will likely be relied upon to be a producer in the middle of the lineup. A .400 hitter in his final collegiate season at Radford, Gregory is moving off his corner infield positions and will be learning the outfield for the first time at his highest level yet. He may run into a few issues with his power in the consistently adverse conditions of KeySpan Park and its wind off the water, but being a disciplined average hitter should make Gregory a weapon.
Seth Williams returns to Brooklyn after spending the first half of the season as a role and utility player in St. Lucie. That experience, combined with his time served in Brooklyn last summer, should allow him to find success during his second season.
First baseman Sam Honeck should hold down the every day job and will also be relied upon as a middle of the order producer. The Tulane University Male Athlete of the Year was among Conference USA leaders in many offensive categories and will need to carry those traits over to the New York-Penn League.
On the Spot: It is Nick Giarraputo's fourth year in the system and but it is only the first time he begins a season in Brooklyn. He spent three days with the club last summer splitting time on the infield corners and though he spent the bulk of his time in Savannah last season, Giarraputo needs to make an impact so that he can possibly see more time in Savannah this summer or at least give the organization something more to consider at the start of the 2010 season when he will be in the ever-important fifth season.
Under the Radar: Ralphie Henriquez made an impact with the bat in very limited time already in 2009 and could parlay himself into greater playing time in Brooklyn. At 22, he and Doyle will be in close competition for playing time but Henriquez's experience both in this system and previous could land him the starting role with consistent production.
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