Saturday Links: Rafael Montero; Cyclones Starting and Ike

LinkCyclones
At MiLB.com, Ben Hill discusses the Brooklyn Cyclones’ “messy offseason” that included a “frenzied” cleaning/rebuilding effort for MCU Park to deal with the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

At ESPNNY, Matt Ehalt has a preliminary roster for the Cyclones that includes only four 2013 draft picks. Here’s a secret: it’ll eventually include more once guys sign and pass their physicals. The star of the roster is 2012 first round pick Gavin Cecchini, who got a behind the scenes tour of the Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Nets’ lockerroom (via LJ Mazzilli’s twitter).

 

AAA
In Newsday, Ike Davis explains what he’s working on in AAA:

“Being a little quieter, more relaxed, not as much movement, picking up the ball a little easier and just having a smooth swing,” Davis said. “Just slowing things down, trying to calm it down a little bit and use my hands a little more and not be so herky-jerky with my body. It’s allowing me to be a little smoother and get to fastballs a little easier.”

 

At Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh looks at Gonzalez Germen who gave up four homeruns (!) in an inning of relief on Thursday.

 

 

BA Hot Sheet
Baseball America put RHP Rafael Montero on at #11 on this week’s Hot Sheet.

J.J. Cooper took a pair of Mets-related questions in his associated chat, one about Travis d’Arnaud and one about Zack Wheeler.

His comment about Wilmer Flores’ power:

He has solid line drive swing that should produce solid average and solid, but not spectacular power. Somewhere in the 15-20 home run range seems to be a reasonable expectation in a good year with a little less in his normal years.

 

Sweet Music and a Prospect Tourney
There’s a nice piece on Gnats’ pitching coach Frank Viola. It’s worth a read for the revelation that Viola liked basketball more than baseball when he was younger, his discussion about his circle changeup and the source of his “Sweet Music” nickname.

The Mets have introduced a new amateur baseball tournament for the nation’s travel teams that Conor Glassey at Baseball America calls a “must-see.” The games will be split between Citi Field, MCU Park and St. John’s Jack Kaiser Stadium.