The Brooklyn Cyclones looked lost early on this season. They had solid pitching, but the lineup was a mess and they weren’t helping themselves much on defense. Then first-round draft pick Michael Conforto joined the team and turned things around. Suddenly, the Cyclones can hit and with Conforto’s unexpectedly solid glove in the outfield, along with other additions to the team, they’ve even been decent in the field.
This has all led them to a 12-5 record over the last 17 games, a tie for the wild-card lead and suddenly the Cyclones don’t look so lost anymore.
Here is an excerpt from the Eagle’s own John Torenli’s story on the situation:
“We had scored six or more [runs] one or two times before he got here and it’s happened a half a dozen times since he’s been here,” noted Cyclones first-year manager Tom Gamboa of Conforto’s presence in the lineup.
“His influence on the other guys, the way he will take pitches and not get himself out on pitcher’s pitches, is a good influence on the other guys too.
A lot of our other young guys, on a nightly basis, will chase balls in the dirt or over their head and put themselves in a bad count right from the start,” added Gamboa after watching Brooklyn edge Connecticut, 4-3, Monday night in front of 6,187 fans at Coney Island’s MCU Park.
Conforto, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the triumph, insists that his arrival on Surf Avenue on July 19 hasn’t been the key to Brooklyn going 12-5 since its season-high losing streak.
“I know that we had been struggling the week before I showed up,” admitted Conforto, who received a reported $2.97 million signing bonus from the Mets after completing a three-year stint at Oregon State University earlier this summer.
“I came in and had a hit here and there that sparked a couple of things,” he humbly added. “As a whole, our team has played really well. I have nothing to do with the pitching or the way the defense has been. I think overall we’re playing the game well and doing everything right.”
Read the rest of J.T.’s story on BrooklynEagle.com.