(Photo Courtesy of George Napolitano)
On Wednesday evening, Danny Muno was honored as the Sterling Award Winner for the Brooklyn Cyclones, emblematic of the team’s MVP, in a pre-game ceremony at Citi Field.
Muno, the Mets 8th round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, led the New York-Penn League in hitting (.355), on-base percentage (.466) and tied for the league lead with 23 doubles. His .355 average and 23 doubles are Cyclones franchise records. He also ranked third in the NYPL in slugging (.514), walks (43) and runs scored (45).
The 21-year-old shortstop had 23 multi-hit games in 59 starts including a 4-for-5 effort on July 22nd vs. Aberdeen. He reached base safely in 51 of his games and the Cyclones went 20-4 from July 15th through the end of the season when the New York-Penn League All-Star scored a run.
Muno is the seventh position player in Cyclones history to be honored with the sterling award joining Darrell Ceciliani (2010), Dustin Martin (2006), Joe Holden (2005), Ambiorix Concepcion (2004), Ian Bladergroen (2003) and Jay Caligiuri (2001). Former Cyclones pitchers who have won the award are Mark Cohoon (2009), Brad Holt (2008), Dylan Owen (2007), Kevin Deaton (2002) and Ross Peeples (2001).