2002 Brooklyn Cyclones Season Preview

The Cyclones are the Mets short season A farm team that plays in the New York-Penn League. In the New York-Penn League, teams play a 76 game schedule beginning on June 18th thru September 4th. The New York-Penn League has a total of 14 teams divided into 3-divisions. The Cyclones play in the McNamara Division with Hudson Valley New Jersey (Cardinals), Staten Island (Yankees), Utica, Williamsport. Teams are allowed to have 30-man rosters, but only 25 may be active for any given game.

Coaching Staff:). Howard Johnson (manager), Bobby Ojeda (pitching coach)

The 2001 Season in Review – the Cyclones won the McNamara Division with a 49-21 record. They defeated the Yankees and became co-champions with Williamsport. The Cyclones lead the league in batting average and home runs. They finished 3rd in stolen bases and second in runs scored. The Cyclones led the league in ERA, and saves and allowed the fewest home runs. The staff finished second in strikeouts.

The Prospects: The players to watch include Jimmy Anderson (C); Aaron Balderis (1B), Chad Bowen (RHP), Ryan Danly (LHP),Tyler Davidson (C); Robert Malek (OF); Miguel Pinango (RHP), Danilo Reynoso (C) Alhaji Turay (OF), Derran Watts (OF), Jason Weintraub (RHP), and Jayson Weir (LHP).

Outfield. The outfield should include Ender Chavez, Alhaji Turay, Derran Watts. Jeffrey Duncan might be returned to Brooklyn, until draft signees Davidson, Malek, and Zachary Clement are ready. Look for Duncan to be transferred to a full season league when ABs appear at one of those teams.

Infield. Edgar Rodriguez (3B), Dave Housel (2B), Blake Wheatley (2B); Luis Martinez (SS), Brett Harper (1B). David Bacani (2B), Aaron Balderis (1B). Tyler Beuerlein(C/1B) and Andres Rodriguez (1B) are likely to be playing for Brooklyn at least initially.

Catching. Jimmy Anderson, Danilo Reynoso and Beuerlein compete for the job and will likely share the position. Abraham Ayala, and Francisco Sosa are also in the mix.

Starting Pitching. Chad Bowen, Ryan Danly. Tanner Osborne, Miguel Pinango, Jason Weintraub and Jayson Weir comprise a talented, if raw rotation. Signees Ivan Maldonado Oquendo, Jeff Brewer, and Bryan King will compete for starting and relieving jobs. Also,Neal Musser and Brian Walker might make 1 or 2 rehab starts before transferring to a full season team.

Bullpen: Omar Anez (RHP), Kevin Deaton (RHP), Jose Gomez (RHP), Domingo Morbon (LHP), Ronald Ogle (LHP).

Outlook for 2002. The Cyclones have a talented, deep pitching staff that makes another run at the McNamara Division Championship possible. The Cyclones promise to be an aggressive, power-ladened team led by Anderson, Beuerlein, Chavez, Clements, Davidson, Duncan, Malek, A. Rodriguez, E. Rodriguez, Turay, and Watts. Should Jon Slack sign, the offense will be even more potent. Nonetheless, the key to the Cyclones season may be how well a talented, but inexperienced rotation holds up.

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