01/07/2008 8:31 AM
Pagan was a catalyst for the 2001 Championship Cyclones
The Mets' latest deal marks the first time that former Cyclones were traded for each other, bringing 2001 Cyclones hero Angel Pagan back to the organization, while Chicago gets OF Corey Coles and RHP Ryan Meyers in return.
Pagan was a star for the 2001 Brooklyn team, batting .315 (75-for-238) from the leadoff spot, with a team-high 46 runs and 30 stolen bases. His stolen base total is still the best single-season mark in franchise history. In addition, he was a superb defender in centerfield, and one of the most exciting players ever to wear the Cyclones uniform. Pagan hit safely in 27 of his last 30 games, and scored 30 times during that span. He remained red-hot throughout the postseason, driving in a league-high five playoff RBI, and helping Brooklyn to its NYPL Co-Championship. Pagan remained in the Mets' system through 2005, before being signed as a minor-league free agent by Chicago in January of 2006.
Angel made his major league debut on Opening Day of 2006 for the Cubs, entering as a defensive replacement, before notching a hit in his first career at-bat. Pagan, a 26-year-old switch hitter, started 69 games and appeared in 50 others with the Cubs in 2006 and 2007, playing all three outfield positions. He batted .255 with 29 extra-base hits -- nine home runs -- and 39 RBIs in 318 at-bats. He stole eight bases in 11 attempts.
In return for Pagan, the Mets sent Coles and Meyers to the Cubs. Coles played briefly for the Cyclones in 2003, before becoming an everyday force in the lineup in 2004. That year, he hit .278 (66-for-237) with 40 runs scored, six doubles, five triples, two home runs, 20 RBI and 10 stolen bases, hitting largely in the leadoff spot. Coles is a nearly 26-year-old left-handed-hitting outfielder who led the Florida State League in batting with .341 average in 2006 and batted .286 with one home run and 31 RBIs in 388 composite at-bats in Class A, Double-A and Triple-A last year.
Meyers pitched in one game for Brooklyn in 2004, and pitched nine games (eight starts) in 2005. That year, he went 1-5 with a 4.08 ERA, allowing 40 hits, 25 runs, 16 earned, and 14 walks, with 18 strikeouts in 35.1 innings of work. Meyers is a 22-year-old right-handed reliever who produced a 1-4 record and 2.79 ERA in 41 games and 51 2/3 innings with two Class A teams in 2007.