Brooklyn Cyclones Position Prospect Review

The Brooklyn Cyclones had a tremendous season, going 43-31 and advancing to the NY-Penn League playoffs. There were some good hitting performances by the Cyclones this season as a couple of future star prospects appear to be in the making. We will look at the peripherals stats of the Brooklyn hitters who totaled a minimum of 125 at-bats with Brooklyn and did not accrue more than 125 at-bats at another level.

Dante Brinkley - LF

Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2003 draft out of Southwest Missouri State, Brinkley began the 2004 season as the Bombers' fourth outfielder for Capital City and even got into five games for St. Lucie when the Mets were plagued with injuries back in June. Brinkley is a very patient hitter, willing to draw walks to get on base which is one of the hardest things to teach young players. Playing mostly for the Cyclones this past season, Brinkley was easily one of the team's leaders and catalyst in the dugout and on the field. He has more pop in his bat than he showed at Brooklyn and could be a decent outfield prospect for the Mets. Brinkley should begin the 2005 season in the Hagerstown outfield with a possible quick promotion to St. Lucie if he plays well for the Suns.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.228

.295

.396

.082

47.8

101

A

Brooklyn

.316

.396

.440

.097

21.6

235



Jim Burt - 1B

Selected in the 19th round of the 2004 draft out of the University of Miami, Jim Burt Jr. is the son of former New York Giants nose tackle Jim Burt. Burt, while not built like his dad, is a very muscular and a "gym rat", always working out. In a small sample size, Burt showed excellent power for the Cyclones and even some very good speed on the base paths. Splitting time with Tyler Davidson this past season hurt his overall numbers. It will be interesting to see what the Mets plan to do with their logjam of first basemen at the lower levels (Davidson, Carp, Burt). Burt should be playing 1B and DH full-time next season for the low-A Hagerstown Suns. He's one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.274

.363

.435

.077

37.0

168



Corey Coles - CF

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2003 draft out of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Coles was one of the NY-Penn League leaders in hits and batting average in the midway point of the 2004 season before tailing off late in the year. Batting leadoff for the Cyclones, Coles will need to make more consistent contact at the plate if he's to remain atop the lineup. A very good defensive center fielder, Coles proved enough in 2004 to be Hagerstown's CF next season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.278

.338

.371

.067

19.7

237



Ambiorix Concepcion - RF

Playing for two seasons as Roberto Solano, Concepcion was a free-agent signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2002. After a fantastic professional debut with Kingsport in 2002, Concepcion had a lost season in 2003 before earning top honors as the best prospect in the NY-Penn League in 2004 by Baseball America. Drawing comparisons to Vladmir Guerrero for his arm, strength, speed, and build, Concepcion is still very raw. Like Guerrero he does not like to draw too many walks and does not get cheated at the plate. Concepcion has the talent to rise quickly through the system from this point forward and should be Hagerstown's starting right fielder to begin the 2005 season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.305

.338

.475

.048

31.6

259



Ryan Coultas - SS

Drafted in the 6th round of the 2004 draft out of the University of California-Davis, Coultas struggled at the plate in his professional debut for the Brooklyn Cyclones this past summer. Known more for his defensive ability, Coultas' peripheral numbers were quite pedestrian in 2004 and gets a pass until he can show what he can do in the long-season leagues. There's not too much to get excited about offensively at this point in time.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.252

.287

.316

.031

17.9

155



Matt Fisher - 2B

Drafted in the 33rd of the 2004 draft out of the University of California-Irvine, Matt Fisher resembles Atlanta's Marcus Giles for his physique and scrappy play in the field and at the plate. Despite just standing 5'9", Fisher has excellent gap power and has shown good selectivity at the plate in the early going. He's an intriguing prospect that could defy the odds of being a late round selection. Forget his .246 average for the Cyclones this past season. His peripheral numbers suggest he could be a decent prospect at second base for the Mets.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.246

.299

.405

.074

38.7

126

R

GCL

.271

.313

.373

.033

31.3

59



Aaron Hathaway - C

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2004 draft out of University of Washington, Hathaway is already one of the Mets' best defensive catchers, period. Battling nagging injuries in his professional debut, Hathaway did not show the offensive potential many scouts believe he possesses. There's not much to get excited about with his peripheral stats this past season. However, 131 at-bats is not enough to judge his offensive game just yet. He'll be the starting catcher for Hagerstown next season and the smart money says he'll do infinitely better in 2005.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.206

.250

.244

.058

18.5

131



Grant Psomas - 3B

Drafted in the 15th round of the 2004 draft out of West Virginia University as a shortstop, the Mets moved Psomas over to third base to put Coultas in a shortstop for the Cyclones. Psomas played a very good third base for Brooklyn and was one of the Cyclones' better hitters despite the .233 average. A very patient hitter, Psomas tied for the team lead in walks with 25 and displayed very good extra-base power. His peripheral numbers suggest he's a better hitter than his batting average indicates. It will be interesting to see what the Mets have planned for Psomas in 2005 as 3B prospect Nick Evans will need some time as well. Both deserve to start off the year in Hagerstown next season.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.233

.310

.350

.101

34.6

223



Kevin Rios - 2B/SS

Drafted in the 23rd round of the 2003 draft out of Concordia University-Irvine, Rios joins the likes of Joe Hietpas and Tyler Davidson as "world beaters" in batting practice. Rios, who routinely crushes the ball in batting practice, could not transfer that same success into real game situations. Yes he only hit .177 for the Cyclones, and yes he only slugged .234 this past year, but Rios has more potential than he's shown. Taking all that into consideration, he still has to prove it at the plate. Rios could begin 2005 as part of a platoon at 2B and SS for Hagerstown but there's a good chance he'll be back in Brooklyn next year for more seasoning.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Brooklyn

.177

.239

.234

.060

21.4

158



Derran Watts - OF

Drafted in the 12th round of the 2001 draft out of the University of British Columbia, Watts is a toolsy player that has not been able to show all that he can on the field. Watts is blessed with good power and excellent speed. He's very good defensively and just needs to make more consistent contact at the plate to put it all together. Watts has the potential to put a season together like Jamar Hill did for the Bombers this past season. The problem is he's starting to have to fight off competition from Concepcion and rising star Carlos Gomez for playing time in right field. Watts should once again begin the season in low-A ball with Hagerstown in 2005 to see if he can put together a good year.

Level

Team

AVG

OBP

SLG

BB/PA

XBH

AB

A

Capital City

.228

.330

.370

.107

38.1

92

A

Brooklyn

.267

.344

.369

.101

24.0

187



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