2005 Brooklyn Cyclones Preview

The Brooklyn Cyclones get their 2005 campaign underway on Tuesday at KeySpan Park, taking on the Staten Island Yankees. An early look at how this year's Cyclones, managed by Mookie Wilson, shape up:

Projected Pitching Staff

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

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