The Brooklyn Cyclones have reached the All-Star break with a 26-26 record which is good enough that they are just one game back in the McNamara division of the New York-Penn League. They got off to a slow start this season and it looked possible that it would be their first year ever below .500 in the organization’s existence, but a strong pitching staff has carried them recently to the point where they are now competing for a playoff spot.
Let’s take a look at how they have gotten here.
The Cyclones pitchers are among the stingiest in the league as they rank third in the NYPL with a 2.69 ERA and lead the league with 9.0 K/9, H/9 and 0.2 HR/9 rates. They are a little wild and rank 11th out of 14 teams with a 3.2 BB/9. Because they’re getting so many strikeouts and not giving up hits, they are still second with a 1.13 WHIP.
The problem the Cyclones have been dealing with this season has been a lack of hitting. They rank just 12th out of 14 teams with 3.37 runs scored per game. They are eighth in batting average at .242 which is just .007 points away from fourth place. Their problem is a lack of power though as they rank 13th with just 13 home runs and they’re not patient at the plate as they are tied for 12th place with a .303 on base percentage.
Defensively they have been solid with just 58 errors and a 97.1 fielding percentage that ranks fourth in the league. Their backstops, Tomas Nido, Colton Plaia, and Edward Rohan have been excellent at receiving, as they have allowed just five passed balls all season (second in the league), but have struggled throwing out runners (dead last with a caught stealing percentage of 17 percent).
INDIVIDUAL STATS – HITTERS
Jorge Rivero, who had 67 plate appearances before being promoted to Low-A, is fourth in the NYPL with a .339 average.
L.J. Mazzilli is 21st in the league and leads the current Cyclones with a .303 average. He also leads the league in hits with 61.
Patrick Biondi is fourth in the league with 15 stolen bases. He hasn’t been swiping as many lately, but has had a hot bat lately and is hitting .249/.347/.306 on the season. Biondi is also fifth in the league with 24 walks this season and 20th with 25 runs scored.
Jared King is the closest thing this team has to a real power hitter. Although he doesn’t have any home runs, King is tied for eighth in the league with 13 doubles, and also has 23 walks which barely trails Biondi for sixth place.
INDIVIDUAL STATS – PITCHERS
Among starters with at least eight starts, Robert Gsellman ranks seventh with a 2.06 ERA, John Gant is 13th with a 2.36 ERA, Carlos Valdez is 17th with a 2.58 ERA, and Miller Diaz is 19th with a 2.68 ERA.
Gsellman is sixth among starters with at least eight starts with a 1.013 WHIP, Gant is 10th with a 1.073 WHIP.
Gant leads the NYPL with 61 strikeouts. Diaz is third with 55, Morris leads all relievers and is 12th overall with 42, Gsellman is 13th with 41 and Dario Alvarez is 21st with 36.
Among all pitchers with at least 26 innings pitched, Akeel Morris leads with a 0.59 ERA, a 12.5 K/9, and is tied for second with 5.3 H/9.
Tim Peterson doesn’t qualify for most of these stats as he has only tossed 17.2 innings this year, but he still has a 0.00 ERA, a 10.2 K/9 rate, 3.6 H/9 and a 0.623 WHIP. All impressive numbers.
INDIVIDUAL STATS – DEFENSE
Among outfielders, Jonathan Clark leads with a 2.40 RF/G (range factor per game), Patrick Biondi is second with a 1.74 and James Roche is last at 1.43. Roche does have the most outfield assists with six followed by Biondi with three.
Among infielders, L.J. Mazzilli has the best RF/G at 4.80 followed by Gavin Cecchini at 4.55. Anthony Chavez at third has a 2.61.
Among catchers, Edward Rohan is by far the best at throwing runners out at a 32 percent clip followed by Plaia at 16 percent and Nido at just 10 percent.