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2015 Mets Minor League Preview: Brooklyn Cyclones

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Celebrating their 15th season in Coney Island, the Cyclones will look to log a fifteenth consecutive season with a winning record.

MCU Park
MCU Park
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The Brooklyn Cyclones open their season tonight, taking on their rivals, the Staten Island Yankees, in a three-game series split between Richmond County Bank Ballpark on the island and MCU Park in Coney Island. Tom Gamboa will be at the helm for his second year. Dave LaRoche, father of Adam and Andy, will serve as pitching coach, filling in for the departed Tom Signore, while Yunir Garcia will be hitting coach, replacing Benny Distefano.

PITCHERS

Name B/T Height Weight Age (DOB) 2014 Experience
Almonte, Gaby R/R 6’2" 185 22 (8/15/92) RK (Kingsport)
Badamo, Tyler R/R 6’2" 215 22 (8/08/92) RK (GCL Mets)
Blackham, Matt R/R 5’11" 150 22 (1/07/93) RK (Kingsport)
Blank, Nicco R/R 5’10" 170 22 (11/29/92) RK (Kingsport)
Bumgardner, Gaither R/R 6'6" 210 24 (1/29/91) Short-A
Canelon, Kevin L/L 6’1" 175 21 (1/16/94) RK (GCL Mets)
Celas, Jose R/R 6’1" 180 23 (12/01/91) RK (GCL Mets)
Conlon,  P.J. L/L 6’ 175 21 (11/11/93) NCAA (University of San Diego)
Gibbons, Michael R/R 6’4" 205 22 (4/24/93) NCAA (Wheaton College)
Missigman,  Craig L/L 6’3" 180 22 (8/05/93) RK (Kingsport)
Montgomery, Christian R/R 6’2" 210 22 (11/20/92) RK (Kingsport)
Palsha, Alex R/R 6’2" 205 23 (5/10/92) RK (Kingsport)
Reyes,  Rubin L/L 6’4" 180 24 (9/22/90) RK (Kingsport)
Taylor, Corey R/R 6’1" 250 22 (1/08/93) NCAA (Texas Tech)
Valdez, Carlos L/L 6’ 170 24 (9/30/90) Short-A
Williams,  Ty R/R 6’2" 195 21 (2/21/94) RK (Kingsport)

CATCHERS

Name B/T Height Weight Age (DOB) 2014 Experience
Garcia,  Jose S/R 6’0" 185 20 (11/03/94) RK (Kingsport)
Hilario,  Manuel R/R 5’10" 170 23 (2/10/92) RK (GCL Mets)

INFIELDERS

Name B/T Height Weight Age (DOB) 2014 Experience
Diehl, Jeff R/R 6’4" 195 21 (9/30/93) Short-A
Fulmer,  Will R/R 5’10" 185 23 (1/08/92) Short-A
Katz,  Michael R/R 6’3" 235 22 (8/06/92) Short-A
Kaupe,  Branden S/R 5’8" 180 21 (4/10/94) RK (Kingsport)
Mathieu,  Zach R/R 6’7" 290 23 (11/25/91) RK (Kingsport)
Perez,  Pedro R/R 6’1" 190 20 (8/31/94) RK (Kingsport), Short-A
Reyes,  Alfredo R/R 6’2" 180 21 (10/04/93) RK (Kingsport)
Siena,  Vinny R/R 5’10" 190 21 (12/24/93) NCAA (University of Connecticut)

OUTFIELDERS

Name B/T Height Weight Age (DOB) 2014 Experience
Bernal, Michael R/R 6’1" 195 23 (12/27/91) Short-A
Carabello,  Oswald R/R 6’2" 180 22 (1/05/93) RK (Kingsport)
Tharp,  Tucker R/R 5’11" 200 23 (11/25/91) Short-A
Zabala,  Enmanuel R/R 6’ 185 23 (9/24/94) RK (GCL Mets)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

After hitting .177/.227/.290 in 19 games with the Savannah Sand Gnats, Pedro Perez has been reassigned to a more age-appropriate level for him. Perez is still very raw, but has impressive tools. Can he improve on his pitch recognition and approach at the plate in order to best harness those tools?

Tyler Badamo is wise beyond his years, both on and off the field. A local kid, Badamo outperformed expectations in his first professional season. Brooklyn's de facto number one starter, can Badamo log another good season and show he is more than meets the eye?

Drafted 419th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft, Vinny Siena is surprisingly talented for someone drafted in the 14th round. Identified by our own Alex Nelson as having an effective line-drive swing, good speed, a strong arm and decent range, Siena has a chance at developing into an MLB regular. Will he be able to develop the necessary pitch recognition and plate discipline to do so?