Brooklyn Cyclones Coverage This Summer (With Roster)

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MCU Park

The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Single-A short season affiliate of the Mets, open their season Friday night, with the team’s home opener scheduled for Saturday evening.

Just like last summer, I will be covering the team as the beat reporter for Mets Merized Online.

Last year, the Cyclones’ pitching staff raised a few eyebrows, with the starters amassing a combined 2.67 ERA.

The team’s hitting was a bit inconsistent, but that’s usually expected given that the young players are just getting their feet wet in minor league baseball.

Former big league coach Tom Gamboa will take over for Rich Donnelly as the team’s manager. Gamboa has over 40 years of coaching experience. He’s likely best know for an unfortunate incident in 2002, when he was attacked on the field by two fans while coaching first base for the Kansas City Royals.

Mets’ first-round draft pick Michael Conforto has yet to sign, but if he does soon, there’s a possibility he would begin at Brooklyn, in which case I’d provide the constant updates about the new first-rounder.

On the Mets current roster, Daniel Murphy, Jenrry Mejia, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores and Eric Campbell were all once Cyclones, as well as injured Mets Dillon Gee, Juan Lagares and Bobby Parnell.

With an organization that is very reliant on its future success, the stepping stones for the next crop of Mets prospects will be laid down this summer in Brooklyn, and I’ll be sure to provide all the insights, as well as game recaps and occasional features, straight from MCU Park in Coney Island.

Here is the team’s preliminary roster (subject to change). Of note, shortstop Amed Rosario, the team’s No. 7 prospect, will be a Cyclone this summer. Right-hander Octavio Acosta has been tabbed the Opening Day starter.

Catchers »
2ABREU, AdrianCRR6′ 0″185 lbs
7NIDO, TomasCRR6′ 0″200 lbs
15MOORE, TylerCLR6′ 2″213 lbs
26ARRIZURIETA, LuisCRR5′ 8″160 lbs
Infielders »
1ROSARIO, AmedIFRR6′ 2″170 lbs
3CHAVEZ, AnthonyIFRR6′ 2″185 lbs
13URENA, JhoanIFSR6′ 1″190 lbs
22PONCE, DimasIFRR5′ 11″165 lbs
24DIEHL, Jeff1BRR6′ 4″195 lbs
Outfielders »
5THARP, TuckerOFRR5′ 10″195 lbs
9TUSHCAK, JoeOFLR6′ 0″185 lbs
27BERNAL, MichaelOFRR6′ 1″195 lbs
Pitchers »
10OSWALT, CoreyPRR6′ 4″200 lbs
11URBINA, JuanPRR6′ 1″170 lbs
12MEISNER, CaseyPRR6′ 7″190 lbs
17REYES, ScarlynPRR6′ 3″190 lbs
21WELCH, BrandonPRR6′ 1″185 lbs
25BAY, ShanePLL6′ 2″225 lbs
28BALDONADO, AlbertoPLL6′ 2″160 lbs
29MOLINA, MarcosPRR6′ 3″188 lbs
31WIECK, BradPLL6′ 9″240 lbs
34VILLASMIL, EdioglisPRR6′ 2″164 lbs
35ACOSTA, OctavioPRR6′ 0″165 lbs
36BUMGARDNER, GaitherPRR6′ 6″210 lbs
40HEPPLE, MikePRR6′ 6″210 lbs

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Jim Mancari hails from Massapequa, N.Y. He earned a Master's degree in journalism from Hofstra University. He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets fans, Jim has plenty of hope. He also writes as the sports reporter for the Brooklyn Tablet newspaper and the senior editor of metroBASEBALL Magazine. Be sure to visit