08/12/2010 8:30 AM
The New York-Penn League National League All-Star Team will be Brooklyn-heavy this year, thanks to the Cyclones' league-leading 33 wins (entering play on Saturday), an offensive juggernaut of a lineup, and some of the top pitchers in the league.
A total of eight Cyclones players have been named to the NYPL NL All-Star Team -- more than any other team in the league, and the most All-Star representatives in one year in franchise history. In addition, the Cyclones coaching staff -- manager Wally Backman, pitching coach Rick Tomlin, hitting coach Benny DiStefano, coach Joel Fuentes, and trainer Deb Iwanow -- will also represent the National League, giving Brooklyn 13 All-Star representatives. Brooklyn leads the league in team batting average (.296), runs (276), hits (479), total bases (761), doubles (101), home runs (43), and RBI (247). The Cyclones pitching staff ranks second in team ERA (3.16).
RHP Yohan Almonte, 3B Joe Bonfe, CF Darrell Ceciliani, LHP Angel Cuan, 1B Jeff Flagg, RHP Ryan Fraser, SS Rylan Sandoval, and RF Cory Vaughn are the Cyclones' 2010 All-Stars.
Almonte is 5-3 with a 2.03 ERA, good for fifth-best in the league. In 57.2 innings, he has allowed 46 hits, 21 runs, 13 earned runs, and 11 walks, while striking out 37 batters. He has allowed one earned run or less in seven of his 10 starts, and has given up just one home run all year. Almonte ranks second in the league in innings pitched. Yohan -- a 21-year-old native of Sabana de la Mar, in the Dominican Republic -- was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.
Bonfe ranks third in the NYPL with a .337 batting average (55-for-163). In 45 games, he has scored 22 runs, hit 10 doubles, two home runs, and has 19 RBI. Bonfe has also stolen seven bases. Joe -- a 22-year-old native of Woodbury, MN -- was the Mets 21st round pick in 2009, out of Sierre College (CA).
Ceciliani has been perhaps the best all-around player in the NYPL this season, leading the league in average (.387), hits (74), runs (44), triples (10), and total bases (111). He ranks second in extra-base hits (25) and slugging percentage (.581) , and fourth in on-base percentage (.438), and stolen bases (16). Darrell -- a 20-year-old native of Madras, OR -- is the youngest player on the Cyclones, and was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2009 June First-Year Player Draft, out of Columbia Basin CC (OR).
Cuan is undefeated on the year, going 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in nine starts. In 59.2 innings, he has allowed 49 hits, 16 runs, 11 earned, and 10 walks, while striking out 48 batters. He has thrown the most innings in the league, and allowed just one home run all season. Cuan has pitched 5.0 innings or more and allowed two earned runs or less in each of his starts this year. Angel -- a 21-year-old native of David, Chirqui in Panama -- was signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.
Flagg ranks third in the league with 34 RBI, third in extra-base hits (23), and fifth in total bases (88). He is batting .287 (50-for-174) in 47 games, with 13 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and six stolen bases. Jeff -- a 25-year-old native of Jacksonville, FL -- was selected by the Mets in the 27th round of the 2008 June First-Year Player Draft, out of Mississippi State University (MS).
Fraser is tied for fourth in the league with seven saves. He has an 0.43 ERA in 16 games, all in relief. In 21.0 innings, Fraser has allowed just eight hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out 28 batters. Opponents are hitting .119 against him, lowest in the league. Ryan-- a 21-year-old native of Cleveland, TN -- was selected by the Mets in the 16th round of the 2010 June First-Year Player Draft, out of the University of Memphis (TN).
Sandoval ranks third in the league in home runs (9), hits (58), and total bases (97). He ranks fourth in slugging percentage (.551), and runs scored (34), fifth in extra-base hits (21), and seventh with a .330 average (58-for-176). Sandoval -- a 22-year-old native of Castroville, CA -- was signed as a non-drafted free agent in February of 2010, after working out for Wally Backman at a showcase in Yuma, Arizona.
Vaughn leads the league in home runs (12) and RBI (43) and is on pace to shatter Brooklyn's single-season franchise highs in those categories (13 and 46, respectively). Vaughn also leads the league in slugging percentage (.574), ranks second in total bases (101), and third in runs scored (35). Vaughn is batting .313 (56-for-179) with seven doubles, three triples, and nine stolen bases. Cory -- a 21-year-old native of Elk Grove, CA is the son of former major league slugger Greg Vaughn, and was selected by the Mets in the 4th round of the 2010 June First-Year Player Draft, out of San Diego State University (CA), where he played for head coach, and Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn.