Top 10 hitters in Brooklyn Cyclones history

MCU Park, formerly Keyspan Park,  Photo by Robert S. Anthony.

MCU Park, formerly Keyspan Park, Photo by Robert S. Anthony.

Over the years Brooklyn Cyclones fans have gotten a good look at some of the Mets brightest young stars, but the players who do the best in the New York-Penn League aren’t always the biggest prospects. Here are the ten players that have come through Brooklyn that have had the best seasons in the organization’s history:

  1. Daniel Muno (.355/.466/.514 in 2011) – Muno was drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 draft and made his debut with the Cyclones briefly after that. What he did in 59 games after that was to just flat out dominate the NYPL as he hit .355 with an amazing 23 doubles, three triples, and two home runs.
  2. Frank Corr (.302/.365/.594 in 2001) – In Brooklyn inaugural season, Corr absolutely crushed the ball. In 61 games he hit 21 doubles and 13 home runs. He was the biggest bat as the Cyclones captured their only NYPL championship. Corr was a 17th round draft pick that same year and he sort of flamed out as a prospect after his first pro year. He made it as high Double-A before hanging it up after the 2003 season.
  3. Cory Vaughn (.307/.396/.557 in 2010) – Vaughn made his pro-debut shortly after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. In 72 games with the Cyclones he crushed 14 homers to go with 14 doubles. The Cyclones won the division that year, but failed in the playoffs. Vaughn is still in the Mets system, but is stuck in Single-A Port St. Lucie where he is currently hitting .217/.333/.304.
  4. Rylan Sandoval (.330/.404/.546 in 2010) – Sandoval was drafted in the 30th round of the 2007 draft. He didn’t make his pro debut until 2010 though and made a big splash right away as he hit 13 doubles and nine home runs in just 47 games in Brooklyn. He’s currently in Triple-A where he’s hitting .314/.369/.480 in 36 games.
  5. Travis Taijeron (.299/.387/.557 in 2011) – Taijeron was an 18th round pick in the 2011 draft and made his pro debut with Brooklyn where he hit 13 doubles, nine home runs, and five triples in 56 games. He’s currently in Double-A where the patience he showed in Brooklyn has left him and he’s hitting .237/.320/.489 in just 37 games so far.
  6. Darrell Ceciliani (.351/.410/.531 in 2010) – Ceciliani was a fourth round pick in 2009. After he made his pro debut with Kingsport in 2009, he played for Brooklyn during the 2010 season where he put on a show. In 68 games, he hit 19 doubles, 12 triples, and a pair of home runs to go with 21 stolen bases. He still a solid prospect in the Mets system and is hitting .289/.341/.421 with 23 stolen bases in Double-A.
  7. Joe Jiannetti (.348/.420/.487 in 2001) – Jiannetti was never much of a prospect and with only 41 games played he barely made this list. Still, he had a great season in 2001 as he hit a robust .348. Jiannetti made it as high as Double-A before leaving the minors. He hooked on with independent league teams in 2005 though and made a living doing that through 2011.
  8. Blake Whealy (.289/.361/.534 in 2002) – Whealy was drafted in the 13th round of the 2002 draft and immediately went to Brooklyn where he hit 14 doubles and 10 home runs in 59 games. Whealy had a little more success in Single-A, but he only made it to High-A before he left the Mets organization for the White Sox. However, he only played in 24 Single-A games before he left for a short stint in an independent league.
  9. Caleb Stewart (.272/.385/.487 in 2005) – It was his second stint in Brooklyn, but the Mets 2004 22nd round draft pick faired much better than his first time around as he homered 10 times with 23 doubles in 74 games. Stewart made it to Triple-A in 2008 although that’s as far as he got before he played in independent leagues for the Sussex Skyhawks and Newark Bears in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
  10. Jason Jacobs (.273/.377/.487 in 2007) Jacobs, a 20th round pick in 2006, had a brief professional career although he was impressive in his second stint with the Cyclones in 2007. That year he showed power that he never did at any other point in his career with 11 doubles and 12 home runs in 66 games.

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