The Cyclones new center fielder John Mora has a…strange plate routine
John Mora has been apart of the Brooklyn Cyclones recent resurgence as he has hit a solid .273 while leading off and playing center field in nine games since being promoted to the short-season team. That’s not the interesting thing about him though. Mora has an, let’s call it interesting, routine when he walks up to the plate.
He only does it when he walks up for the first time so fans that aren’t paying attention can easily miss it. Mora wiggles his butt, moves his feet and seemingly hits himself in the head a couple of times before the first pitch. Fans usually laugh, players on the field get a kick out of it and recently Brooklyn Cyclones’ manager Tom Gamboa credited Mora and his unique routine for helping to lighten the mood during a tense playoff hunt.
John Mora has hit .273/.297/.394 in his first nine games for the Brooklyn Cyclones while leading off and playing center field. So far, he is slow to adjust as he is still without a stolen base, a forte of his, and his typically high on-base percentage is nearly 100 points lower than his career line in the minors.
Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011, Mora has played in parts of three seasons while in the New York Mets organization and hit .295/.395/.396 in 706 total plate appearances with 41 stolen bases. He isn’t considered an top prospect for the Mets, but he could move up on rankings if he can consistently get on base, like he has, while playing strong defense at a premium position and providing speed.
Last season the Mets named John Mora their Domincan Summer League Player of the Year after he hit .310/.397/.413 with 16 stolen bases (he was caught 14 times too) in 68 games.