After a rough start to the season, the Brooklyn Cyclones have turned things around this year and will be sending five players to the All-Star game as a result.
Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, righties Miller Diaz, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, and lefty John Mincone. will represent the Cyclones during the game that will be played on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at THomas J. Dodd Stadium in Connecticut. Diaz will be the starting pitcher that day.
Mazzilli, or Little Maz, was a fourth round draft pick by the Mets this season. Lee Mazzilli‘s son has hit .298/.348/.376 this season. That’s not a lot of pop from the 22-year-0ld, but he has shown some decent patience at the plate and has easily been the Cyclones most consistent hitter.
Diaz, who was signed as an international free agent by the Mets out of Venezuela as a teenager, has been the Cyclones ace this season with a 2.34 ERA, a 11.7 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9. He still has some work to go bringing down those walks, but with a high strikeout rate like that he has big league potential.
If Diaz is the Cyclones No. 1 ace then Gsellman is ace No. 1a. Drafted out of high school in the 13th round of the 2011 draft by the Mets, Gsellman has been brilliant this year with a 2.09 ERA, a 7.0 K/9 and a 1.1 BB/9. He just doesn’t walk anyone. It’s that impeccable control that will get him quickly through the Mets’ system.
Gant, drafted out of high school in the 21st round of the 2011 draft, can sometimes get overlooked as the third best pitcher on the Cyclones, but he deserves the All-Star nod. He’s made eight starts this year and has a 2.47 ERA, a 11.1 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9. He’s yet another pitcher on this team that has a very bright future ahead of him.
It’s actually a little bit crazy that Mincone was chosen to the All-Star team. Not because the 2009 11th rounder hasn’t had a good season, he has, but because the Cyclones have Tim Peterson with his 0.00 ERA and Akeel Morris and his 0.66 ERA in the pen. Mincone is certainly no slouch though with his 1.76 ERA, 7.6 K/9 and unbelievable 0.6 BB/9. Considering the fact that he’s already 24 and this is his second year with the Cyclones, he’s not quite the prospect his All-Star teammates are.