Ross Adolph went 2-3 with a triple, home run, and three RBI en route to being named the most valuable player of Tuesday night’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game in State College, PA.
The Brooklyn Cyclones outfielder became the first player in team history to hit an all-star homer or earn the MVP award. The annual game, which was established in 2005, has traditionally been highlighted by Cyclones pitchers. Adolph, the Mets’ 12th-round selection in this summer’s draft, made sure the Brooklyn hitters would not go unrecognized.
The 21-year-old stepped to the plate in the first inning with a pair of runners on base and tripled to center field, something he has already done more times than any other player in the organization.
In his next at-bat, Adolph took Rays right-hander Jack Labosky deep to right field. Adolph homered 15 times during his junior year at the University of Toledo this past spring.
Cyclones infielder Carlos Cortes and outfielder Wagner Lagrange both entered the game as substitutes and went 1-2. Brooklyn relievers Billy Oxford and Yeudy Colon worked scoreless innings. Jaison Vilera, the league’s ERA and strikeout leader, did not see action after starting Sunday’s game against Lowell.
The Cyclones, at 30-25, enter the final month of the 2018 season three games behind the Hudson Valley Renegades for first place in the McNamara Division. They trail the Auburn Doubledays by a half game for the NYPL Wild Card spot.
Brooklyn resumes play on Wednesday at home against the Vermont Lake Monsters.