Cyclones' Schemmel isn't in Kansas anymore

The Brooklyn Cyclones have been lackluster at the plate for most of the year, struggling to find a consistent lineup that can produce runs with any regularity.

One of the few players who has been a constant threat in the order is second baseman Jon Schemmel, who has been a rock in the ever-changing lineup.

The right-handed hitting Schemmel had been the Cyclones' leading hitter until recently, batting .290 with 10 RBIs after hitting .297 with Class A Hagerstown in a stint earlier this year with the Suns.

Schemmel was building off a solid season with the Gulf Coast League Mets last year, where he hit .347, and the 23-year-old Kansas native says he isn't flustered by the coverage and attention paid to the Cyclones.

That's due in part to his experience playing at the University of Minnesota, who play their home games at the Metrodome.

"(Schemmel) is very important to this team," said Cyclones manager George Greer. "You have someone who is experienced in playing in this type of atmosphere."

Schemmel's presence in the field has also been a calming influence on the pitching staff. His range at second base is excellent and his fielding has been important to a team that induces a lot of ground balls.

"It's important for me to show consistency to this organization that I can play defense, especially everyday," said Schemmel, who signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent. "I'm just getting comfortable everyday (playing second base)."

Schemmel showed off his defensive prowess against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers Wednesday night, making two difficult catches, including an over the shoulder catch that drew raves from the fans and his manager as well.

"The two catches, they were made both with one out and both stifled rallies," said Greer. "Both were big in terms of getting outs and giving the pitching staff a lot of confidence."

Schemmel's bat has given Greer a reason to keep penciling in his name in the starting lineup. Where he's hitting on any given day is another story. Schemmel has hit second, third, seventh, eighth and ninth in the order, but he says he's comfortable as a number two hitter.

"They were just trying to shake up the lineup," said Schemmel. "There's no doubt in my mind or anyone's mind in this organization I'm not a number three hitter.

"Second is a good spot for me. ... I love second because I get to do a little bit of everything. I can bunt, hit-and-run, move guys over. It's a little bit of everything and that's what I like to do."

Schemmel says he's knows what's expected of him at the plate. and staying within his game.

"I've hit well so far here and the whole thing is just knowing my role, not doing too much and staying a singles guy, an on-base guy ... and try to stay comfortable at bat," said Schemmel. "When I'm doing that well, that's all that matters."

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