Short Season Weekend Edition: Brooklyn Clinches Division title; Aderlin Rodriguez still mashing

SS-A: (Sat)- Brooklyn Cyclones 10, @ Connecticut Tigers 0

          (Sun)- @ Connecticut Tigers 6, Brooklyn Cyclones 3

The Brooklyn Cyclones (44-22) clinched their 5th division title in 10 seasons, in style with a dominating 10-0 victory over Connecticut on Saturday night.  With the victory combined with a Hudson Valley loss, the Cyclones are division champions for the first time since 2007.  The dominating performance was led by starting pitcher, Yohan Almonte.  Almonte (8-4) went the distance for the complete game shutout, as he gave up 6 hits, while walking none and striking out 5.  The complete game was the first for Almonte in 14 starts this season.   Over his last 10 starts, Almonte has been dominant: 6-2, 1.42 ERA, 63 1/3 IP, 46 hits, 10 er, 9 bb, 43 K.

The Cyclones offense produced 10 runs and 15 hits, including homeruns by Blake Forsythe (2-4, HR, RBI) and Jeff Flagg (2-4, HR, RBI).  Other offensive stars include: Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 3B, 3RBI, SB), Cory Vaughn (2-4, 2B, RBI), James Schroeder (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), and Justin Schafer (3-5, 3 runs, 2B, RBI).

On Sunday, the Cyclones offense could only muster up a  three-run homerun by Cory Vaughn (1-4, HR, 3RBI), his team leading 13th on the season.  Vaughn also leads the team with 49 RBI.  Angel Cuan (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, walking 1, and striking out 3.

SS-R: (Sat)- Kingsport Mets 6, @Greenville Astros 4

          (Sun)- Bristol White Sox 4, @ Kingsport Mets 3- Game 1

          (Sun)- Bristol White Sox 3, @ Kingsport Mets 1- Game 2 

Aderlin Rodriguez continues to swing the bat well, as the Kingsport Mets (28-37) are just playing out the string.  Over the weekend Rodriguez was 5-10, with 2 doubles, a homerun, and 4 RBI.  Rodriguez has gotten stronger at the plate as the summer moves forward, as he is hitting (.343/.369/.556), his highest batting average over any month this season.  For the season Rodriguez is hitting (.312/.352/.556) with 13 HR and 48 RBI.

SS-R: GCL Mets 6, @ GCL Astros 1

A six-run 2nd inning led the GCL Mets (31-25) to a 6-1 victory over the GCL Astros. 

Ernesto Yanez (1-2): 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 er, 1 bb, 4 K.

There are 4 comments

  1. Bren

    Would still love to see Aderlin get a cup of coffee with the Cyclones. He looks ready for full season ball next year though at 19…

    If I’m reading things correctly the Mets will have to divvy up 3B at the A ball level between Marte, Lucas, Harrison, and Rodriguez, assuming no position changes of course. I think a lot of people have the top two prospects, Aderlin and Marte in the OF already, but we’ll see…

    Too bad MLB hasn’t put together another fall league for these guys to replace the Hawaiian League…

  2. josesthyroid

    Have you seen Aderlin? I was to hit against the team that has him in the OF. Marte I can see in a corner OF position, although his bat might not produce the power needed, he atleast has some quicks in his legs. Aderlin might be a 1B down the line but why can’t one of these 3B, (btw you left out Joe Bonfe who has the 2nd best average of all Mets minor leaguers) can’t convert to catcher since we’re pretty thin at backstop?

  3. Michael Diaz

    I don’t think there is a need to move him to Brooklyn for the final week of the season. The Brooklyn team is doing just fine with Bonfe, and there is not a need to add a player to that team when they are 23 games over .500.

    I think Rodriguez will ultimitely become a 1st baseman. His bat will carry him throughout his career, but having read reports and watching some video on him, his hands are rough and doesnt have great footwork. He is a big man that should get bigger and stronger, so his footspeed won’t get any better. So for me its either 1B or LF for Rodriguez, and his bat should produce plenty for either of those 2 spots.

  4. Bren

    As I’m sure many have seen already, Rodriguez went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBI for Savannah tonight…

    Will he stay there? They gave Wilmer Flores one game there before moving him to Brooklyn for some strange reason at the end of 2008…

    Maybe they could move some of those guys to 3B, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it has been with Thole. Harrison and Bonfe would be the two best candidates IMO, as both are old(er) for their level…

    You still will have the same problem as last year though, and it won’t be as good as it was then. Marte will be probably be moved up to St. Lucie for Aderlin and to avoid a third season at Savannah, and Lucas has been overmatched all year and shouldn’t even sniff Binghamton. I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t a ringer for either of the lower A ball teams in the playoffs….

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