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2017 Mets Minor League Review: Brooklyn Cyclones

Reviewing the 2017 Brooklyn Cyclones season

Brooklyn Cyclones Keyspan Park 25 Jun 2001 (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Cris Hondros

Season Record: 24-52 (New York-Penn League McNamara Division, 4th Place)

For the third consecutive year, the Brooklyn Cyclones ended the season with a sub-.500 record. Unlike the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Brooklyn seemed to be out of it from the start, losing seven games in a row to end June, and things didn’t get better for them as the summer progressed. They regularly went on long skids, amassing a five-game losing streak in mid-July and a six-game losing streak at the end of July.

For as poorly as they played in June and July, nothing would compare to the tailspin they went on in August. From August 10th to August 25th, the Cyclones lost fourteen games in a row, a franchise record.

After snapping the streak, Brooklyn showed some uncharacteristic life, winning nine of their last thirteen games. Though their winning ways at the end of the season allowed them to escape the ignominy of tying or surpassing the 1981 Batavia Trojans for the worst season in New York-Penn League history (16-59), the Brooklyn Cyclones finished the year with a 24-52 record, by far the worst record in franchise history.

Though wins were sporadic and bright spots were far and few in-between, nothing stopped the Brooklyn faithful from coming out to the ballpark. For the 17th consecutive season, Brooklyn led the New York-Penn League in attendance. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Brooklyn on the field, either, as Walter Rasquin established a new franchise record with 32 stolen bases, while also finishing among the league leaders in doubles and batting average.

TOP HITTER

Walter Rasquin

Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
63 265 .300 .341 .407 1 13 40 32/40 .350

RUNNER-UP

Jose Medina

Games Plate Appearances AVG OBP SLG HR BB K SB BABIP
63 249 .262 .325 .333 1 19 63 25/31 .356

TOP PITCHER

Stephen Villines

Games/Games Started Innings Pitched ERA FIP Walks Strikeouts Hits HR BABIP
11/0 19.0 1.89 1.27 1 30 13 1 .308

RUNNER-UP

Nicolas Debora

Games/Games Started Innings Pitched ERA FIP Walks Strikeouts Hits HR BABIP
14/7 54.0 2.33 3.67 15 56 58 5 .340