The Brooklyn Cyclones, the Short Season-A affiliate of the New York Mets, released their preliminary roster today. It includes five of the Mets top 10 2018 draft picks with the highest pick being sixth round catcher Nick Meyer. The roster is not final yet and could change before the teams 2018 Opening Day on Friday on the road vs the Staten Island Yankees.
Manager Edgardo Alfonzo and pitch coach Royce Ring return for their second seasons with the Cyclones, and they’ll be joined by a new face, hitting coach and former major leaguer Marlon Anderson. Anderson, who spent the past five seasons as a television analyst, held the same position for the Hagerstown Suns, a Washington Nationals affiliate, in 2011 and 2012. Anderson, 44, enjoyed a 12-year major league career, which included parts of four seasons with the Mets.
The Mets also announced recently that Rich Donnelly was added to the Cyclones coaching staff at the bench coach. Donnelly will manage the team during the Cyclones’ opening weekend while Edgardo Alfonzo attends his induction into the Latino American Baseball Hall of Fame.
Manny Rodriguez (2018 10th RD, Brooklyn Native)
Jose Brizuela (Recently signed)
Chandler Avant (2018 30th RD)
Brian Sharp (2018 26th RD)
David Miranda (2018 25th RD)
Jose Miguel Medina
Ross Adolph (2018 12th RD)
RHP Kyle Wilson
RHP Ryan McAuliffe
RHP Yeudy Colon
RHP Bryce Montes de Oca (2018 10th RD)
RHP Trent Johnson
LHP Kevin Smith (2018 7th RD)
RHP Ryan Selmer
RHP Ronald Sanchez
RHP Mac Lozer
RHP Tylor Megill (2018 8th RD)
RHP Jaison Vilera
LHP Seth Davis
RHP Christian James
LHP Joel Huertas
Christian James somehow isn’t sticking in full season ball after allowing one earned runs in nine innings in two starts between the Double-A Binghamton Rumbles Ponies and Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets this season.
Juan Uriarte is arguably the Mets best catching prospect behind Tomas Nido and is coming off a season in which he had a .827 OPS for the Kingsport Mets.
Montes de Oca is a guy that has flashed a 100 mph when healthy and is expected to be joined in the Cyclones bullpen by 2018 fifth rounder Ryley Gilliam when he officially signs.