On Monday, former Cyclone Ike Davis made his major-league debut with the New York Mets, and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over the Chicago Cubs. Davis, the Mets' 2008 first-round pick, began his pro career in Brooklyn, and becomes the 25th Cyclones alum to make it to the major leagues.
Davis, 23, was batting .364 with two homers and three doubles in 33 at-bats for Buffalo (AAA) before getting the call. He made a splash with the Mets this Spring, hitting .480 (12-for-25) with seven runs, three doubles, three home runs, and 10 RBI in 12 games.
In 2009, the left-handed swinging slugger hit .298 with 20 homers and 31 doubles while playing for St. Lucie (A) and Binghamton (AA). He then hit .341 over 21 games against some of baseball's top prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
Davis made his professional debut in 2008 with Brooklyn, and made his mark immediately, doubling in his first at-bat and hitting in 15 straight games for the Cyclones to start his pro career. Davis finished the '08 season hitting .256 (55-for-215) in 58 games.
Ike is the son of Ron Davis, who pitched in the major leagues for 11 season, playing for the Yankees, Twins, Cubs, Dodgers, and Giants. Ron Davis was an All-Star in 1981.
Including Davis, 25 total players have played for the Cyclones and gone on to appear in a major league game.