The Cyclones finished the 2012 season with a record of 45-31. The team has finished with a record of at least .500 for the 12th straight year. Since 2001, Brooklyn has never finished a season with a losing record. They are one of four teams in all of baseball that can make that claim along with the New York Yankees, Arizona League Giants and Elizabethton Twins.
The Cyclones lead the NYPL with a .977 fielding percentage. In 76 games, they committed just 67 errors. Brandon Nimmo led all outfielders with a .994 fielding percentage. In 158 total chances, Nimmo had 152 putouts, five assists and one error. Hansel Robles led all pitchers defensively with a 1.000 percentage. He had five putouts, 16 assists, and no errors in 21 total chances.
Brooklyn ended the season with five pitchers in the top 15 in the NYPL in ERA. Luis Mateo, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Cessa, and Rainy Lara all post an ERA below 3.00. Right-handed pitcher Hansel Robles finished the season with a league-low 1.11 ERA, which breaks right hander Eric Brown’s mark of 1.16 set in 2006.
Right-handed pitcher Rainy Lara tied Lowell’s William Cuevas with a league-high of eight wins. Lara had 77 strikeouts, second only to teammate Luis Mateo, who had 85. Robles was fifth in the category, having fanned 66 batters.
Luis Cessa threw the most innings by a starter on September 3rd at home against the Lowell Spinners. Cessa earned his fifth win that night, after hurling 8.2 innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Luis Mateo led the team with the most strikeouts per outing. Mateo fanned ten batters three times this season. Beck Wheeler had the most strikeouts amongst Brooklyn relief pitchers with six.
Leading Cyclones starters, Hansel Robles had a scoreless streak of 22.0 innings, while Paul Sewald led relievers, having gone 21.2 frames without allowing a run.
Brooklyn scored a season-high 12 runs on August 17th at Tri-City. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo helped power the Cyclones to a 12-4 victory over the ValleyCats that day as he blasted a ninth-inning grand slam. The Cyclones had just two grand slams this season, and both were hit by Nimmo. The first blast was part of a 6-2 win on June 30th at home over the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Catcher Kevin Plawecki was the only Cyclones player to hit multiple home runs in a game. On August 19th, Plawecki hit two solo shots to lead the team to a 2-0 victory over the Lake Monsters in Vermont.
The longest hitting streak by a Brooklyn batter was held by outfielder Stefan Sabol and lasted 11 games. Infielder Jeff Reynolds scored the most runs in a game (3), and Brandon Nimmo had the most RBI in a contest (6). Nimmo also led the team with a game-high four hits.
A rainy evening on August 1st didn’t keep Cyclones fans away as 9,270 were in attendance at MCU Park. This was the 20th time in franchise history that Brooklyn drew over 9,000 fans in a single game.
Four Cyclones hurlers took part in the NYPL All-Star Game on August 14th at Eastwood Field in Niles, OH. Luis Mateo made the start and struck out a pair in his inning of work. Hansel Robles and Gabriel Ynoa also pitched in scoreless innings of relief. Left-handed pitcher John Mincone earned the win for the National League All-Stars after striking out the only two batters he faced. Mateo was the second Cyclones pitcher to start the All-Star Game (Parnell, 2005), and Mincone was the first to factor in the decision.
The Cyclones allowed a season-high 11 runs on August 26th at Staten Island. Starter Julian Hilario gave up seven runs (five earned) in the 0.1 innings of work, which was the most runs allowed per inning. Brooklyn pitchers surrendered a high of 16 hits on July 29th at Mahoning Valley. The team has left 14 men on base twice this season.
The Cyclones ranked last in the NYPL with a .225 (155-690) average with runners in scoring position. In 76 games this season, there have been 34 times that the Cyclones have had one hit or less with RISP in a game, including 24 times in their last 48 contests. Brooklyn has 164 strikeouts with runners in scoring position and 155 hits in these situations.