Former Brooklyn Cyclone Tobi Stoner became the 22nd team alumnus to play in the major leagues on Thursday, September 10th. Stoner pitched in one inning for the New York Mets in his major league debut, as they took on the Florida Marlins at Citi Field. Tobi allowed just one hit during his time on the mound.
Stoner was a star pitcher for the 2006 Cyclones, going 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 14 games (all starts). In a team-high 83.2 innings pitched, he allowed 66 hits, and 25 runs (20 of which were earned. Tobi allowed just one home run and 17 walks, while leading the Brooklyn squad with 62 strikeouts.
Stoner (pictured, by Marc S. Levine/New York Mets) was selected by the Mets in the 16th round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft, out of Davis & Elkins College (WV), and made his professional debut with the Cyclones. The following year, 2007, Tobi split time at the Mets' Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A) affiliates. he began the 2008 season with St. Lucie, before being promoted to Binghamton (AA) after nine games.
This season, Stoner made seven starts for Binghamton, going 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA, before being promoted to Buffalo (AAA), where he went 6-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 15 games, before getting the call to the major leagues.
Stoner is the first former Cyclone this season to make it to the majors, and the first since Bobby Parnell debuted for the Mets on September 15, 2008.