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Angel Cuan

Last week, I wrote a few things about each of the top three upper level Sterling Award Winners. Lets move towards completing the series (because I'm a completist, after all) with a look today at the Sterling Award winner as the team's most valuable player for the Savannah Sand Gnats, LHP Angel Cuan.

What do we have here? ?A little lefty who was very effective both as a reliever in the first half and as a starter in the second. ?Cuan finished second on the Gnats in innings pitched, and for what it's worth (next to nothing) first in wins at 10.

Tags: Angel Cuan, Awards, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Greenville Drive 3

Angel Cuan gave up two runs in the first and then settled down to finish six innings, fanning nine - tying a season-high. ?Cuan has thrown at least six innings in nine straight starts. ?He doesn't throw hard, but he can locate his fastball and throw his curveball for strikes. ?At the South Atlantic League level, that's enough.

CF Darrell Ceciliani was 2-4 with a pair of hard line drive singles up the middle. ?How's this for a goofy looking slash line in his last 10- .282/.391/.308? ?But yeah, seven walks from the leadoff guy - that works.

Tags: Angel Cuan, Darrell Ceciliani, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 2, Lexington Legends 0

In an 11 AM start, on a drizzly, warm day, LHP Angel Cuan allowed just one hit, that on a bunt on the wet grass in six innings of work fanning nine without issuing a walk. ?There's no magic to Cuan (9-1, 3.02), he throws lots of strikes with all three of his pitches and lets South Atlantic League hitters get themselves out. ?I think, however, that his command, the ability to throw good strikes, has gotten a little better. ?His last three starts: 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 14 K.

Alonzo Harris (.273/.335/.339) tripled to deep center to drive home the Gnats' first run.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Angel Cuan, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Game 2- @ Brooklyn Cyclones 9, Jamestown Jammers 8- 12 innings

The Brooklyn Cyclones force a decisive game 3, as a Jamestown wild pitch allowed ZeErika McQueen (pictured, courtesy of brooklyncyclones.com) to score the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th.? The win puts the Cyclones one win away from the NYPL Championship series.?

Angel Cuan pitched?seven?solid innings, giving up?four hits,?three runs, walking three, and striking out five.? Cuan left the game up to the bullpen to hold a 6-3 lead, but?Jamestown pounced on Johan Figuereo (1/3 IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 er) in the top of the eighth, scoring four times to take a 7-6 lead.? The Cyclones fought back in the bottom of the inning, with a two-out rally.? Darrell Ceciliani (2-3, 2 runs, 3 bb, 2 SB) walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a J.B. Brown?(2-5, 2 RBI) infield single.? According to Josh Mevorach?(brooklyncyclones.com),?Brooklyn manager, Wally Backman took a chance in sending Ceciliani home, as the shortstop fielded the ball in short left-field but stumbled, giving Backman a small window to send the runner home.? The ball would beat Ceciliani home, but a wide slide allowed him to get his hand in safely to score the tying run.? Ceciliani would wreak havoc all night, reaching base safely five times, scoring two runs, and stealing two bases.?

Tags: Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Darrell Ceciliani, James Schroeder, Wilfredo Tovar
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Game 1- @ Jamestown Jammers 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 6

The Brooklyn Cyclones fell to the Jamestown Jammers 7-6, in the opening game of their best-of-three playoff series.? The Cyclones now have thier backs against the wall, as they need to win the next two games of the series, to stave of elimination in the NYPL semifinal series.?

The Cyclones jumped out to an early one-run lead, as Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, SB) singled, stole 2nd, then scored on a Jeff Flagg (3-5, 3B, 3RBI) triple in the 1st.? It would be the only lead of the game for the Cyclones, as Jamestown scored a run in the second, four in the third, and another in the fourth to?take a 6-1 lead and chase?Brooklyn starter, Yohan Almonte (4 IP, 5 hits, 6 runs, 5 er, 3 bb, 3 K).? Almonte, the NYPL ERA leader, was just not his normal self, as his control was not there.? He walked 3 and delivered a wild pitch in his 4 innings of work.? During the season Almonte only walked 15 batters in his 89 2/3 innings of work.?

Tags: Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Wes Wrenn, Yohan Almonte
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SS-A: (Sat)- Brooklyn Cyclones 10, @ Connecticut Tigers 0

??????????(Sun)- @ Connecticut Tigers 6, Brooklyn Cyclones 3

The Brooklyn Cyclones?(44-22) clinched their 5th division title in 10 seasons, in style with a dominating 10-0 victory over Connecticut on Saturday night.? With the victory combined with a Hudson Valley loss, the Cyclones are division champions for the first time since 2007.? The dominating performance was led by starting pitcher, Yohan Almonte.? Almonte (8-4) went the distance for the complete game shutout, as he gave up 6 hits, while walking none and striking out 5.? The complete game was the first for Almonte in 14 starts this season.?? Over his last 10 starts, Almonte has been dominant: 6-2, 1.42 ERA, 63 1/3 IP, 46 hits, 10 er, 9 bb, 43 K.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Yohan Almonte
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SS-A:? AL All-Stars 4, NL All-Stars 3

The Brooklyn Cyclones were well represented in the NYPL All-Star game.? Darrell Ceciliani (0-1, BB) started in CF and hit leadoff, Cory Vaughn (1-2, run, SB) started in RF and hit 3rd, and Joe Bonfe (0-2) started at 3B hitting 7th.? Jeff Flagg (0-2) entered the game as the backup 1B.

On the mound Yohan Almonte was the starting pitcher for the NL team, delivering a flawless frame.? The most impressive performance by a Cyclone belonged to Angel Cuan.? Cuan came on in the fourth inning, and struck out all three batters to face him.? Unfortunately Ryan Fraser did not fair as well.? Fraser came in the bottom of the eighth inning, with runners on first and third and one out.? He allowed the tying run to score on a sacrifice fly, and the go-ahead run to score on a single.? Fraser was charged with a blown save.

Tags: Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Julio Concepcion, Kingsport Mets, Yohan Almonte
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SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1

Angel Cuan (3-0) pitched 6 2/3 solid innings to lead Brooklyn to a 2-1 victory over Mahoning Valley.? The 21-year old left-hander, who came into the season #38 on Toby's Top 41, gave up 8 hits (7 singles), 1 er, while walking none and striking out 6.? For the season Cuan is now: 3-0, 2.00 ERA 36 IP, 34h, 7bb, 23K.? Not the greatest K-rates, but he has been solid.

Ryan Fraser (1 IP, 2K), the Mets 2010 16th round pick, picked up his 3rd save, with a perfect 9th inning.? In 9 appearances Fraser is: 0-1, 0.71 ERA, 3 SV, 12 1/3 IP, 6h, 6bb, 21K.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets
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