The Cyclones open their campaign by sending righthander Jeff Landing to the hill.
Landing pitched nine games with Brooklyn last season and made 14 starts earlier this year for Class-A Hagerstown in the South Atlantic League, going 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA. The Cyclones rotation also figures to feature Orlando Rengel, who was with Hagerstown for the better part of a month earlier this year and went 0-1 with an 8.56 ERA in five games (one start), while introducing collegiate players Sal Aguilar, Eric Brown and Joe D'Alessandro to professional ball.
As the Cyclones usually do, the team will also feature a number of hurlers capable of moving from the bullpen to the rotation, like Bobby Parnell, who was with Brooklyn last season.
RHP Jeff Landing RHP Orlando Rengel RHP Sal Aguilar RHP Eric Brown RHP Joe D'Alessandro
LHP Erik Domangue RHP Jared Eichelberger LHP Edgar Alfonzo RHP Travis Hope RHP Waner Mateo RHP Bobby Parnell RHP Jorge Reyes RHP Kyle Risinger LHP Kevin Tomasiewicz
Projected Starting Lineup
The Cyclones' lineup figures to feature a number of promising players, including Kingsport's 2004 Sterling Award Winner, outfielder Jesus Gamero, and Caleb Stewart, a .314 hitter at Capital City in 2004.
Other players of note include power-hitting first baseman Jabe Bergeron, who hit .283 with 10 homers at three different levels last season, fifth-round pick Drew Butera, Western Kentucky standout Tim Grogan and promising rookie Jonathan Malo, a Canadian product whom the Mets are high on.
C – Drew Butera 1B – Jabe Bergeron 2B – Armand Gaerlan 3B – Tim Grogan SS – Jonathan Malo OF – Jesus Gamero OF – Greg Gonzalez OF – Caleb Stewart
Brooklyn's deep bench – subject to change – should include 2004 Kingsport players Rafael Arroyo and Josh Petersen, Cyclones returnee Matt Fisher, plus two local products: St. Thomas Aquinas outfielder Mike Sharpe and Wantagh, N.Y. native Joe Holden.
C – Rafael Arroyo C – Jeff Timmons 2B – Matt Fisher UT – Joe Mihalics UT - Ivan Naccarata 3B - Josh Petersen 1B – D.J. Wabick OF – Mike Sharpe OF – Joe Holden