Psomas Power

The Brooklyn Cyclones lineup is basically separated into two parts. You have the top of the order that features the "veterans", those who have more than a year experience in professional baseball, and then you have the bottom of the order that features those drafted in this years draft. The bottom half of the order, the "rookies", tend to struggle during their first professional season while getting used to playing everyday, and the hardships of professional baseball.

However, those same players usually move into the "top" half of the lineup the following year and dominate. For Cyclones third baseman Grant Psomas, that adjustment period appears to have lasted just half of the NY-Penn League season.

Psomas, was the only 2004 draft pick (position player) to be in the opening day lineup. Psomas began the season going just 1-14 before sitting down for three consecutive days. Psomas didn't let that bother him returning after the three days off to go 3-6 with a home run and three runs batted in. The struggles would continue for Psomas. On July 5, after going 0-5 he would reach his lowest point of the season batting just a .184. Once again he would battle back and in the next seven games would hit .429 (9-21). It appeared he was on his way to being the hitter he was in college. Psomas again would go into a long skid in his next six games getting just one hit in his twenty at bats. The low point for the season appeared to be on July 2, at Vermont. The Cyclones got ten runs on sixteen hits, however Psomas would go 0-4. After an off day on July 21 Psomas would go 0-3 the following day, however would have couple of solid at bats that did not go his way. It appeared Psomas was close to breaking out of this funk once and for all, and that he did.

In his last fourteen games Psomas has batted a solid .309 (17-55) and has hit safely in 11 of those fourteen games. Psomas has a solid eye at the plate as well, walking seventeen times good enough for second on the team behind Tyler Davidson.

Adjusting from college to professional baseball was not the only adjustment Psomas had to make. After Ryan Coultas signed with the Mets, Psomas was moved out of his short stop position to third base. Another challenge faced Psomas, one in which he stepped up to bold fully. For those that might not be all familiar with Psomas you would think he would be a natural third baseman. Psomas has been a bright spot to the Cyclones infield at the hot spot despite playing short stop in college.

"I never played third before, but I am making the adjustment pretty well and just hope to keep on progressing" Psomas said.

When asked to compare the two positions Psomas went on to say: "Just that you don't have much reaction time at third, ball gets on you quicker. The biggest difference is just getting to know how to handle the position and how the ball will come on to you."

Psomas was drafted in the 15th round this year which was a bit disappointing. Psomas felt he would be selected earlier than the 15th round.

"I thought I might have gotten a little earlier, however in the end it really did not matter. The Mets gave me what I thought was a fair offer and I felt it was the correct time for me to move on and start my professional career."

West Virginia Head Coach Van Zant has similar beliefs about where grant would be drafted at.

"I don't really identify players with a certain round, however yes, I felt he could have gone a bit higher. In reality though, that is just up to the professional teams to decide, and many times it depends the needs of a team at a certain round."

Coach Greg Van Zant raved about the athletic ability of his former short stop.

"He is very athletic, and can play any position on the field" Coach Van Zant said. "There is no doubt in my mind that he can play third base."

Cyclones manager Tony Tijerina said the move to third was made because the Mets felt Psomas profiled better as a third baseman, especially with his power potential.

"Grant we feel profiles better as a third baseman. He has the potential to put up big power numbers, and a corner position like third suits him better."

Van Zant would go on to confirm the power reports that the Mets have on Psomas.

"Grant has lots of power, he hits the ball a long way. He has as much power as any college hitter I have seen this year. At our field the distance is 325 down the line and 370 in the gap. We also have 100 foot high light beams by the left center and right center field, and Grant has hit the top of those poles many times. He certainly has the potential to hit the ball over 450 feet.

Two of Van Zant's most memorable moments of Psomas were games in which he showed that power.

"This year against Akron we were down to our last out, and he hit a home run off the left field foul poke in the 9th inning. Last year he was hitting 8th for us in a very solid line, and he hit a big home run for us at Notre Dame, right over their scoreboard. He definitely is a clutch player."

Psomas has also shown his smartness as the plate, learning to adjust to KeySpan Park and the winds coming off the Atlantic Ocean.

"The ball carries to left field much better than right field. If you get the ball up in the air in left it has a pretty good chance of getting out. You just have to play the field the way it is built. Ball's don't carry well to right field, and it is a little deeper in right, so I just try to make the field play to my advantage."

Despite having just two home runs, Psomas is second on the team with eleven doubles, and also second on the team with two triples. That shows Psomas is driving the ball well, and the home run numbers will eventually show up.

Learn to pronounce his name correctly. The name is not "So-mas" but "Puh-sa-mus." You pronounce every letter of his last name. The "P" is not silent and neither is his bat.

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