Brooklyn Cyclones Install FieldTurf After Hurricane Sandy

Andrew Vazzano,

The Brooklyn Cyclones announced they have installed artificial surface FieldTurf after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on their previous natural grass playing surface.

“The added durability of the playing surface allows us to use the ballpark almost year-round,” Cyclones General Manger Steve Cohen said. “Equally important is the fact that it is designed to withstand severe weather, which bodes well in the event that the recent trend of storms continues.”

The new field is made of specifically designed turf with the exception of the pitcher’s mound and home plate area, which is still comprised of traditional clay and dirt. The salt, chemicals and other pollutants dumped onto the field by the storm left the previous surface contaminated and unplayable, the team said.

MCU Park, which opened in 2001, suffered millions of dollars worth of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The team also upgraded multiple sections throughout the park, including the front office, locker rooms, ticket office and dugouts. A new team store will open later this year.

Brooklyn Cyclones 2013 Alternate Jerseys

A few days ago, we showed you the Brooklyn Cyclones jersey giveaways. Now they’ve unveiled the custom jerseys they will wear on the field. Check them out below.

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NYP Playoffs: Cyclones One-Hit and Eliminated Monday

@ Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 2, Brooklyn Cyclones 0 

Rays’ 2011 first-rounder Taylor Guerrieri and two relievers held the Cyclones to one hit capture a 2-0 win and take the best-of-three game series two games to one to eliminate the Cyclones. All of the Mets’ minor league affiliates are now done for the 2012 season.

The Cyclones chose to start Luis Cessa (pictured) over Julian Hilario and Gabriel Ynoa. The 20-year old Cessa was solid if unspectacular: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP.

The bigger issue for the Cyclones was that the team had one hit – a Philip Evans single in the third inning, and no baserunners in the final five innings of the game. The Cyclones scored just one run in the final two games of the three-game series and five total in 27 innings.

Brooklyn’s best scoring opportunity came in the first when the Cyclones had the bases loaded with two outs, but Stefan Sabol flew out to end the threat. Sabol also grounded out to end the Brooklyn third inning with two runners aboard.

Hudson Valley Renegades Extend Cyclones To Game Three

SSA: @ Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 8, Brooklyn Cyclones 1 

After a rainout Saturday, the Hudson Valley Renegades blew out the Cyclones on Sunday evening to force a deciding game three in the first round of the New York-Penn League playoffs.

This was a close game, 3-1, going into the seventh inning, when the Renegades attacked the Brooklyn bullpen for five runs in the final two frames to account for the final margin.

Luis Mateo (pictured) was ok, but not great: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The third run, in the fifth inning, scored with the help of a SS Philip Evans fielding error.

The Cyclones’ offense collected just six hits, all singles. CF Brandon Nimmo was 1-for-4 from the top of the order.

The two teams play game three Monday night at 6:05 pm. The Cyclones are the final Mets affiliate still playing this year.

Hansel Robles Tosses Shutout to Lead Cyclones to 1-0 Series Lead

@ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Hudson Valley Renegades 0 

After going 33 innings in the month of August without allowing an earned run, RHP Hansel Robles fired his first career complete game in his first playoff start. Brooklyn now leads the best-of-three game series 1-0.

Robles’  pretty line: 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. Dave Gershman of the Penn League Report had Robles sitting 91-92 mph and touching 94, early in the 2012 season with a four-pitch mix with a slider as his best secondary offering.  Two things limit Robles’ projection: his age – he’s already 22 – or three years older than Michael Fulmer, for example and his size, as he’s listed at 5’11″, 185 pounds.

At the plate, SS Philip Evans and LF Stefan Sabol each had two hits, with Sabol adding a double, one of two Cyclones’ extra-base hits.

CF Brandon Nimmo was 1-4 with a walk and a run scored from the top of the order.


Cyclones Back into NYP Playoffs

SSA: Lowell Spinners 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3 

The Cyclones either needed to win their final game or have Batavia lose one of their two doubleheader games in Jamestown. As it happens, the Muckdogs lost them both.

With a playoff berth in hand before taking the field, the Cyclones rested scheduled starter Luis Mateo to hold him back for game two on the NYP Semi-Finals and turned to Matt Koch, the Mets’ third round pick in 2012, to make the spot start. Koch allowed two runs, both earned on two hits and a walk while fanning two in 2.2 innings as his ERA rose to 5.01. Koch has not dominated the NYP with 25 hits allowed in 23.1 innings, and a K/BB under 3 (19 K/7 BB). For a hard-throwing college closer in a league often ruled by pitching, that’s a fairly disappointing debut.

Gavin Cecchini got the start at shortstop, and went 0-for-4.

1B Jayce Boyd was 2-for-4 with a double. This year’s sixth rounder out of Florida State, Boyd finished up the NYP regular season at .239/.320/.368 with 25 walks against 30 strikeouts.

Hansel Robles, who did not allow an earned run in August, will get the start for the Cyclones in game one in MCU Park on Friday night.

The Cyclones’ celebration picture comes from the Twitter feed of Cyclones GM Steve Cohen.

Tuesday in the NYP: Cyclones Miss Chance to Clinch

SSA: Lowell Spinners (BOS) 9, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 1 

Entering Tuesday, the Cyclones needed one win in their final two regular season games or a Batavia Muckdogs loss to clinch a playoff berth via the NYP Wild Card. Neither happened. The Cyclones lost by eight runs, and the Muckdogs were rained out at home and forced into a Wednesday doubleheader in Jamestown.

On the field, Gabriel Ynoa (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) was solid, but the bullpen of Matt Bowman (the Tim Lincecum copy and Beck Wheeler) allowed seven runs in four combined innings to turn a close game into a laugher.

SS Philip Evans was 2-for-4 to lift his season line to .252/.328/.337 as a 19-year old in the NYP. Notably, Gavin Cecchini came in for Evans and played an inning in the field. It was the first time he’s played shortstop in a game since breaking his finger on August 1.

CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with a strikeout to slip to .248/.372/.406. The 19-year old has now drawn 46 walks and struck out 78 times in 69 games. Walks are good, strikeouts are bad, and Nimmo has had a lot of both in his first professional season. In the coming years, watch carefully, how his approach evolves, and whether he makes enough contact.

Short-Season Thursday: Luis Mateo Has the NYP Figured Out

SSA: Hudson Valley Renegades 3, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 1 

RHP Luis Mateo was very good: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. In 12 games the 22-year old has run a 2.45 ERA with a 9.4 K/BB (85 K/9 BB).

SS Philip Evans (.245/.328/.337 – 68 games) had a pair of hits.

CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with a walk.

With the Cyclones’ loss, and the Batavia Muckdogs’ win, the Cyclones’ lead in the wild card chase is down to one with six games to play.

Wednesday: Boyd Carries Cyclones

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Hudson Valley (TB) 4

The Cyclones won their third straight game to stay two games up in the NYP League wild card hunt with seven to play.

The suddenly red-hot 1B Jayce Boyd (pictured) led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Boyd has homered in three straight games and hit safely in seven of his last eight improving from .214/.297/.310 in that span to his current line of .241/.327/.385. Nathan Weiss, who writes our gametime threads in the afternoon, reported that Boyd’s homer was “quite a shot.” Boyd is 21 right now, and should open next year as the starting first baseman in Savannah.

CF Brandon Nimmo (.260/.386/.413 – 63 games) was 0-for-3 with two walks. His 44 walks are second in the NYP.

Gavin Cecchini, this year’s first round pick, entered as a pinch-runner and then in a subsequent at-bat was hit by a pitch. According to Nathan Weiss, writes that he was plunked, “on the right wrist and seemed to be in a lot of discomfort. After a prolonged look by the trainer he stayed in as the baserunner and his
turn as DH never came back up.”

SS Philip Evans had a tough night in the box score (1-for-4, 2 K, 2 E) and apparently in person, it was worse. Nathan again: Evans had an awful night in the field.  On the two plays where he would have had to make a strong big league throw to get the runner he flubbed the glovework on one and made an errant throw on the other.  He also made two misplays that were not errors.  Hate to judge a guy on his worst day, but yikes it was ugly.

RHP Gabriel Ynoa was good, if not great: 5 Ip, 5 H ,2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.


Monday in Short-Season Ball: Nice Outings from Rainy Lara and Bob Gsellman

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 1 

The Cyclones stayed 2.5 games up on the Batavia Muckdogs with a win in which they picked up four hits Monday.

The star was RHP Rainy Lara. The 21-year old tossed six shutout innings with three hits, a walk and four strikeouts. In 61 innings, he now has a 6.9 K/BB ratio (69 K/10 BB). That’s good. At times this year, he has sat at 93 mph, so there’s some velocity in this 6’4″ package. I missed seeing Lara this summer, and I’m still fuzzy on what he can be.

1B Jayce Boyd was 1-for-3 with a homer, his third of the year, and a walk. The sixth rounder from Florida State has hit .230/.317/.339 with 22 walks against 27 strikeouts in 45 games.

R: Pulaski Mariners 5, @ Kingsport Mets 4

So, the Kingsport Mets played their penultimate game of their 2012 season Monday.

Robert Gsellman, a 13th round pick from 2011, finished with his best outing of the year: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He’s a 6’4″ projectable RHP from Southern California.