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2016 Mets minor league preview: Brooklyn Cyclones (Short-A)

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Baseball is back in Brooklyn! After suffering the first losing record in franchise history last season, the Cyclones will look to rebound and return to their winning ways.

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Baseball is finally back in Brooklyn! The 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones season officially kicks off on Friday, June 17 against their cross-bridge rivals, the Staten Island Yankees. In the 15 years since first taking the field at then-Keyspan Park, the team is 654-473.

The manager

Tom Gamboa will once again be managing the Cyclones. In his two years as the skipper of the team, the Cyclones have gone 42-34 and 33-43, the latter being the first losing season in the 15-year history of the organization. Joining him are a pair of first-time coaches: Billy Bryk Jr., who will be serving as pitching coach, and Sean Ratliff, who will be serving as hitting coach. Bryk, who is replacing Dave LaRoche, has years of experience coaching teams in the independent Frontier League, Can-Am League, Golden League, and American Association. Ratliff, who is replacing Yunir Garcia, was drafted by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB Draft and seemed off to a promising future, but was forced to retire after being unable to completely recover from being struck in the right eye by a foul ball.

Players to watch

The pitchers

The Brooklyn Cyclones have always been a pitching-first organization, and 2016 looks to continue this trend. Harol and Merandy Gonzalez (no relation) will anchor the Cyclones' starting rotation along with Cyclone veteran Nicco Blank. The trio will look to become the next Brooklyn pitching 1-2-3 punch since Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt, and Casey Meisner stymied NY-Penn League hitters in 2014.

2016 draftees Austin McGeorge, selected in the seventh round, Adam Atkins, selected in the eighteenth round, and Gary Cornish, selected in the nineteenth round, will all make their professional debuts with Brooklyn. Additional draftees that have yet to sign will likely be added to the Brooklyn roster throughout the year, possibly including first-round pick Justin Dunn.

The hitters

By far, Ali Sanchez and Desmond Lindsay are the most intriguing position player on the 2016 Cyclones. Sanchez, ranked #17 on Amazin' Avenue's list of top prospects for 2016, has a a solid defensive foundation and burgeoning bat, and will almost certainly be a top-ten prospect in the system in 2017. Lindsay, who was ranked #8, has the potential to be a "five-tool first-division center fielder", according to Oakland A's scout Al Skorupa, and could feasibly be the Mets' top position player prospect come next season. The outfielder, unfortunately, pulled a hamstring and will not make his season debut until early July.

Joining them will be a variety of talent selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. Fifth-round pick Colby Woodmansee, 13th-round pick Dan Rizzie, 15th-round pick Jake Zanon, and 17th-round pick Jay Jabs will all be making their professional debuts with the Cyclones.

Pitchers

# NAME POS BAT THW HT WT DOB
43 Adam Atkins P R R 6' 3" 210 9/8/1993
28 Adrian Almieda P L L 6' 0" 150 2/25/1995
16 Dillon Becker P R R 6' 3" 225 4/21/1994
30 Bryce Beeler P R R 6' 2" 190 3/9/1993
22 Nicco Blank P R R 5' 10" 170 10/29/1992
44 Alejandro Castro P R R 6' 0" 198 1/15/1993
18 Gary Cornish P R R 6' 3" 200 1/21/1994
40 Gabriel Feliz P L L 5' 10" 170 11/12/1992
38 Harol Gonzalez P R R 6' 0" 170 3/2/1995
38 Merandy Gonzalez P R R 6' 0" 170 10/9/95
47 Taylor Henry P L L 6' 2" 195 6/15/2016
46 Joel Huertas P L L 6' 3" 210 2/14/1996
31 Raul Jacobson P R R 6' 1" 215 4/12/1992
48 Gabriel Llanes P R R 6' 3" 190 1/15/1996
35 Erik Manoah P R R 6' 2" 195 12/22/1995
17 Austin McGeorge P R R 6' 2" 210 11/27/1994
39 Joseph Zanghi P R R 6' 2" 225 12/1/1995

Catchers

# NAME POS BAT THW HT WT DOB
15 Brandon Brosher C R R 6' 3" 225 2/17/1995
33 Dan Rizzie C R R 6' 2" 200 11/26/1993
4 Ali Sanchez C R R 6' 0" 195 1/20/1997

Infielders

# NAME POS BAT THW HT WT DOB
8 Dale Burdick 2B R R 6' 0" 190 10/12/1995
1 Franklin Correa 3B R R 5' 9" 190 1/1/1996
11 Yeffry De Aza SS R R 6' 0" 170 1/14/1997
21 Jay Jabs 3B L R 6' 0" 190 9/30/1994
25 Darryl Knight 1B R R 6' 2" 220 2/26/1993
23 Santo Marte 2B R R 5' 10" 180 11/30/1994
7 Nick Sergakis 2B R R 5' 8" 175 4/6/1993
3 Colby Woodmansee SS R R 6' 3" 192 8/27/1994

Outfielders

# NAME POS BAT THW HT WT DOB
9 Arnando Berrios OF S R 5' 9" 175 1/15/1996
27 Vicente Lupo OF R R 6' 0" 225 11/27/1993
5 Dionis Paulino OF R R 6' 0" 170 6/20/1994
12 Hengelbert Rojas OF R R 6' 1" 220 10/27/1993
10 Enmanuel Zabala OF R R 6' 0" 195 9/29/1994
24 Jacob Zanon OF R R 6' 1" 185 6/25/1995