Was Michael Conforto snubbed? Cyclones still send six to All-Star Game
The New York Penn League All-Star Game is being held at MCU Park in Coney Island this year and the Brooklyn Cyclones are certainly going to be well represented as six Cyclones were selected to the All-Star Team. Third baseman Jhoan Urena, shortstop Amed Rosario, right fielder Michael Bernal and pitchers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Shane Bay.
Here’s more of the story from the Brooklyn Eagle’s own John Torenli:
Urena’s selection at the hot corner was a no-brainer as the 19-year-old Dominican has been Brooklyn’s most consistent player throughout the campaign.
The switch-hitting infielder is batting a rock-solid .289 – best among Cyclones regulars with enough at-bats to qualify – with a team-high 16 doubles and is tied with Bernal for the Cyclones’ lead in RBIs with 30. He is also the only Brooklyn player who has participated in each and every one of the team’s first 57 contests.
Bernal paces Brooklyn with five homers, 10 stolen bases and the aforementioned 30 RBIs while scoring 25 runs in 54 contests. He also has six doubles and three triples, and has contributed several key assists from the outfield to thwart rallies by the opposition.
Rosario, who is hitting .282 with a team-best 31 runs scored in 54 games, is thriving in his second season as a professional.
The 18-year-old Dominican is tied for the league lead in triples with five and his .722 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is third among NY-Penn shortstops.
Currently ranked seventh overall among Mets’ prospects, Rosario is climbing through the system on the strength of his plus-arm and speed on the bases, but has shown great improvement at the plate thus far this summer.
Brooklyn’s pitching staff, which features three starters among the league’s top-10 in ERA, will have three hurlers on the South staff.
Oswalt boasts a 5-1 mark and 2.54 ERA through nine outings, fanning 46 over 49 2/3 frames.
Bay (0-1, 2.04) has been the anchorman of the bullpen, converting all 12 of his save opportunities since first-year manager Tom Gamboa tabbed him as the team’s full-time closer.
Now what about the $3 million first rounder? Was Michael Conforto snubbed? He is currently hitting .307/.386/.443 with 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs and two home runs in 23 games since joining the team. His arrival coincided with a big positive turn on the team. He only played in 23 games, but his is one of the best prospects in the entire league. He’s been impressive defensively as well.
It is hard to feel bad for the Cyclones. Six players in the All-Star Game is a mini contingent and pretty fortunate for the team with the game on Surf Avenue.
What do you think? Was Conforto snubbed? Comment below and don’t forget to check out the rest of J.T.’s article here.