04/06/2009 11:46 AM
Two former Cyclones -- OF Daniel Murphy and RHP Bobby Parnell -- made the Mets' 2009 Opening Day roster, as New York's season got underway on Monday afternoon.
Murphy got the start on Monday as the number two hitter in a potent Mets lineup, and cracked the first home run of the season for the Amazin's with a solo shot in the fifth inning off of Cincinnatti ace Aaron Harang. Murphy played for the Cyclones at the end of the 2006 regular season and into the playoffs that year, and returned to Brooklyn for a brief rehab assignment in 2008.
Parnell won a spot in the Mets' bullpen with a strong spring performance. He was an All-Star for the Cyclones in 2005, and started the first-ever NYPL All-Star Game that year, which took place at KeySpan Park. That season, Parnell was just 2-3 for Brooklyn, but led the league with a 1.73 ERA in 15 games. In 73 innings, he struck out 67 batters.
A total of eight players -- including Murphy and Parnell -- who played for the Cyclones before making their major league debuts are on the 2009 MLB Opening Day rosters:
- Jesus Flores (2004) -- C -- Washington Nationals
- Mike Jacobs (2001) -- 1B -- Kansas City Royals
- Scott Kazmir (2002) -- LHP -- Tampa Bay Rays
- Matt Lindstrom (2003) -- RHP -- Florida Marlins
- Daniel Murphy (2006, 2008) -- OF -- New York Mets
- Bobby Parnell (2005) -- RHP -- New York Mets
- Yusmeiro Petit (2003) -- RHP -- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Joe Smith (2006) -- RHP -- Cleveland Indians