This week we’ll tackle the Mets short season teams for our season review, starting with another playoff team, the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Record – 45-29
Place in standings – 2nd of 4 teams in New York-Penn League McNamara Division, half game out of first place, and winners of the wildcard
Overview – The Cyclones were mediocre for the first part of the season but ended strong, coming within a half game of Staten Island for the division title (only because Staten Island played 1 fewer game), but they wrapped up the wildcard to qualify for the playoffs. The Cyclones entered the playoffs winning 10 of their previous 11 games, including their last 6, but a pair of rainouts gave them a 3-day break between the end of the regular season and the post season, which cooled down their hot hitting bats. They scored 12 runs in game 2 of their series with rivals Staten Island, but were shutout in games 1 and 3, losing both games, and the series, despite their pitchers giving up just 3 runs combined in those games.
Top pitcher: T.J. Chism – The Cyclones got a lot of good contributions from several members of its pitching staff, but Chism was reliable all season. The crafty lefty shutdown both righty and lefty hitters all season, giving up just 21 hits and 4 earned runs in 31.2 innings, while striking out 30. Hitters hit just .179 against Chism, who is another of the many lefty relievers the Mets are stock piling in their system.
Top position player: Daniel Muno – Like Darrell Ceciliani last year, Muno was the Cyclone’s catalyst at the top of the order and one of the top performers in the New York Penn League. The 8th round pick hit .355/.466/.514 with 28 extra-base hits in 59 games, stealing 9 bases and walking more than he struck out. He isn’t super-toolsy, but he plays hard and plays the right way, and just looks like a guy you’d find on a winning team.
Biggest surprise: Travis Taijeron – Taijeron did better than you’d expect from an 18th round pick. In 56 games he had 9 homers, 5 triples, and 13 doubles for a line of .299/.387/.557. The strikeout numbers are a little high, but Taijeron is one more name to be added to a substantial list of Mets outfield prospects.
Biggest disappointment: Eduardo Aldama – The strikeout rate is good (68 in 60 innings), so there is some potential, but for a guy in his 5th season with the organization, the results aren’t yet there for Aldama. He put up a 5.37 ERA to go with his 3-5 record, which isn’t great for a guy who should have been Brooklyn’s ace. Still, he throws hard and could have a promising future.