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The Mets traded OF Darrell Ceciliani to the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations >> Read more

Manager Wally Backman and pitching coach Frank Viola will both be returning to Triple-A Las Vegas in 2016 >> Read more

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In his age 23 season, the injury-prone Ceciliani?does not profile offensively in an outfield corner at all. His only hope of starting everyday is in centerfield. Even there, he would struggle to put up a .300 on-base percentage in the big leagues as pitchers will exploit his aggressive approach. On the other hand, he runs well, and offers the ability to play center or left, but does not have the arm for right.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Reading Fightin' Phils 3

After a rough one last time out, Noah Syndergaard got back on track for Binghamton: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP. He threw 62.5% of his pitches for strikes (60 of 96) and induced five groundball outs against one in the air.

After the game, he told Lynn Worthy in the Press and Sun Bulletin:

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AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 10, @ Binghamton Mets 6?

The Thunder scored six runs in the first two innings against Mark Cohoon, an advantage too great for the B-Mets to overcome. Cohoon's ERA rose to 4.60 after a performance in which he gave up eight runs, six earned on 10 hits in five innings. That's bad, but irrelevant to the Mets' big league future.

Don't worry, there was good, and again it came from the B-Mets' outfield.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Darrell Ceciliani, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 8, Harrisburg Senators 4 (6.5 innings)

Rain cut this one short after the B-Mets used a pair of early homers - from 2B Danny Muno and 1B Alan Dykstra to take an 8-1 lead after two innings.

The homer was the first of the year for Muno who's hitting .212/.364/.327 in 34 games. He's walked a lot (24 times) but has done little else with the bat.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 8, @ Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 2?

The B-Mets gave Erik Goeddel plenty of support in this one, outhitting Harrisburg 11-3.

LF Darrell Ceciliani (.248/.299/.367 - 27 G) was 3-for-5 with a homer, a stolen base (his eighth) and three RBI to lead the way. After a slow start, the 22-year-old (pictured at right) has had a nice last 10 games (.310/.341/.500) with five extra-base hits, but just one walk and 13 strikeouts.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Darrell Ceciliani, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 4, @ Fresno Grizzlies (SF) 3?

Something good: C Travis d'Arnaud?(pictured):?1-3 with a double and a walk. That's three doubles and six walks in four games in AAA so far.

Something bad: LHP Darin Gorski's control. Gorski walked four and threw two wild pitches in five innings of work while throwing 55% of his pitches (43 of 78) for strikes. In his five innings of work, he allowed three runs, two earned, while striking out three. Gorski can succeed with velocity in the upper 80s. He can't while throwing under 60% of his pitches strikes.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Darrell Ceciliani, Travis d'Arnaud, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 6, @ Sacramento RiverCats (OAK) 1?

Collin McHugh was sharp to help the 51s improve to 3-0. McHugh's line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes (56 of 93).

Offensively, the big names (Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores) were all o-for. Instead, the offense came from SS Brian Bixler (2B, 3B), DH Andrew Brown (3-for-4), Josh Satin (HR, 2 RBI) and Jamie Hoffman (3-for-3, BB). I got the feeling that Terry Collins really likes Hoffman during spring training. If the Mets' outfield is unproductive, he'd be on Collins' replacements list.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Collin McHugh, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Las Vegas 51s, Toby Hyde
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How does one end up in this basket? We're still dealing with players who are some years or more away from contributing. There is speed in this group, but each player has at least one serious red flag of the group of age, injury and inexperience.

 

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Tags: Alonzo Harris, Brendan Kaupe, Darrell Ceciliani, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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What were Mets' farmhands up to in the Arizona Fall League this weekend? All of the Mets' pitchers threw Thursday, and with the AFL taking Sunday off, there were just two games - Friday and Saturday - to talk about.

CF Darrell Ceciliani - Friday: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI. ?The hits were his first in three games for Surprise. At 22, he's playing for an Opening Day assignment to AA Binghamton in 2013.

CF Cesar Puello - Saturday - 2-for-5, RBI, K. Puello has at least one hit in each of his three games in the AFL, going 5-for-14 (.357) but five strikeouts and zero walks to go along with one HBP. This would be a good time to start learning the more disciplined approach he will need in AA and the big leagues.

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The Arizona Fall League has released preliminary rosters for the 2012 version of the circuit. Teams use the AFL for different players including: as a finishing school for top prospects, as preparation for the transition to a higher level, either AA or AAA, as extra-playing time for a guy who was injured during the season or as an extra audition for a spot on the team's 40-man roster.

At the moment, the Mets are sending three position players: CF/RF Cesar Puello, CF/LF Darrell Ceciliani, INF Danny Muno?and three pitchers: RHP Greg Peavey, RHP Ryan Fraser and LHP Chase Huchingson. In 2012, the Mets will be members of the Surprise Saguaros.

We'll analyze the position players in this post, and take on the pitchers in part two tomorrow.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Daniel Muno, Darrell Ceciliani, Toby Hyde
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St. Lucie only played on game this weekend as Sunday's game was rained out. But the Saturday box score, in which the Mets beat the Twins' affiliate, the Fort Myers Miracle 10-3 was awfully interesting. St. Lucie plays a double-dip Monday beginning at 4 pm.

1. Rafael Montero won his first advanced-A start. 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. (Edit: he left three runners aboard for LHP Adam Kolarek in the 7th inning, and they all scored.) The righthander sits 92 with his fastball, and knows he must improve his slider, but at 21-years old, he's way ahead from a command perspective.

2. Darrell Ceciliani returned from the DL to play centerfield. He had been sidelined with hamstring problems since May 30. He turned 22 on the DL and has hit .304/.340/.500 in his 11 games in the FSL this year.

Tags: Darrell Ceciliani, Rafael Montero, St. Lucie Mets, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
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We're two weeks into 2012, so keeping in mind that it's still really early, we'll take a look at some of the big picture things going on at each affiliate.

St. Lucie is third in the Florida State League in scoring averaging exactly four runs per game on a batting line of .242/.329/.369 in 12 games. The team FSL Mets are third in in walks and tops in stolen bases (17) and stolen base percentage 89% (17 of 19).

The team's pitching leads the FSL in ERA (1.74) and is tied for the fewest walks allowed 27 and 2.24 BB/9.

Tags: Chase Huchingson, Cory Mazzoni, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, St. Lucie Mets, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Some Mets guys have not been assigned to any particular roster.

In Erik Goeddel's case, he has a groin strain. I labeled him as one of the two Mets with the most to prove in St. Lucie in 2011, starting with the fact that he needed to prove he can stay healthy. The good news here is that for a guy who's had Tommy John surgery in college, and elbow and shoulder soreness as a professional that have kept him off the field in the last two years, it's a leg thing this time.

Kyle Allen appears healthy. He's throwing bullpens and traveling with St. Lucie, but is not on the active roster. I did not rank Allen in my Top 41 this year for the first time since 2009, as he's stalled at advanced-A. In 2010 and 2011 in 207.1 IP with St. Lucie in 47 games and 39 starts he's given up 237 hits, fanned 5.5 guys per nine and walked 4.9 per nine. I had him ranked highest at?#13 in the system in 2010, #29 a year ago and #33 back in 2009. At this point, it seems the Mets are just more interested in giving innings in St. Lucie to other guys who have spent less, (or no) time in advanced-A.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Darrell Ceciliani, Erik Goeddel, Kyle Allen, Toby Hyde
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A+:?St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 1

I don't think I've ever seen this in a?game log?from the top of the first inning, with one out and no one on base: "Darrell Ceciliani?strikes out swinging, first baseman Alex Dickerson to second baseman Andy Vasquez to first baseman Alex Dickerson." Huh?

Ceciliani also ignited a pair of two-run innings by drawing a walk in the sixth and doubling in the eighth as part of a 2-4 night. His parter in crime,?Cory Vaughn?was 2-for-5 with an RBI double. One of the interesting stories around the St. Lucie team will be whether one or both of Vaughn or Ceciliani can restore their prospect stocks in 2012.

Tags: Darrell Ceciliani, Rafael Montero, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Wednesday, I examined center fielders who had a chance to take over the center fielder of the future title. ?I wanted to add comments on two more players who missed the first cut. One, Juan Lagares falls into the "matters for 2012" category while Darrell Ceciliani slips into the "More Distant Horizons" group.

Juan LagaresB/T: R/R

Ht, Wt: 6'1", 175

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Greensboro Grasshoppers 12, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 10

One strike. The Gnats were one strike away from the South Atlantic League Championship with a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth inning Friday night. LHP Brandon Sage had a 1-2 count on the Grasshoppers' leadoff man, Noah Perio with the tying run at third. The crowd was on their feet. Perio slapped the 1-2 through the left side to score the tying run. The 'Hoppers eventually scored three runs in the 11th against Ronny Morla to capture game four and send the series to a winner-take-all game five.

The Gnats will host game five Saturday at 6:05 pm.

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Augusta GreenJackets 1

This was a classic Sand Gnat victory at home where the team, including playoffs, is 50-22 this year. ?The Gnats got good pitching, just enough hitting, and made one or two fewer mistakes than their opponents.

Erik Goeddel threw five shutout innings, fanning four while yielding three hits and three walks. ?Again, his velocity looked like it was there, and he mixed his curve and his slider in effectively.

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 11, Charleston RiverDogs 8

This was kinda messy, but the Gnats took advantage of eight walks from RiverDogs' pitching to score a season-high seven runs in the fourth inning.

CF Darrell Ceciliani, who was 2-4 with a double, a triple and a walk, has caught fire in August: .320/.421/.443 with 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 25 games. ?In April, May, June and July he was a combined 15-for-22 stealing bases in 80 games. ?In August: 10-for-11. ? This is the player I had hoped to see all year when I ranked him as the #12 prospect on my pre-season list.

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Greenville Drive 1Savannah Sand Gnats 10, @ Greenville Drive 5 (7 innings)

The Gnats swept a weird doubleheader from the Drive on Thursday. Game one was the continuation of last Saturday's game from Savannah which was suspended in the middle of the fifth inning with the Drive up 1-0. ?The Gnats won a game played in Greenville as the home team. Darrell Ceciliani singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh. Michael Hebert picked up all four innings in relief for the Gnats in game one, shutting out the Drive one one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.

Game two was all about the bats as the Gnats banged out 13 hits and batted around in both the third and fourth innings and won as the visiting team. In the third, Rafael Fernandez ripped a three-run triple, while in the fourth Aderlin Rodriguez drilled a two-run triple. Blake Forsythe (.229/.335/.386) was 2-3 with a homer and a walk in game two, giving him two straight games with a longball including Wednesday's action.

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Asheville Tourists 5, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 2

Six straight singles from the Tourists to begin the sixth inning added up to four runs, turning a 1-1 game into a 5-1 lead. ?The first four singles were off Erik Goeddel and the final two off reliever Luis Rojas, who allowed two runs charged to Goeddel to score.

Goeddel's final line: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. ?He's made three starts since returning from a right shoulder strain that sidelined him for two months, and to my eyes is not in rhythm yet. ?He threw more good curveballs on Wednesday than he did in his previous start, but his fastball doesn't look like it has the same kind of life it did early in the year. ?In 13 innings since his return: 13 hits, six walks and six strikeouts.

Tags: Blake Forsythe, Darrell Ceciliani, Erik Goeddel, Savannah Sand Gnats, 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.

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This is another interesting group with Dillon Gee and Pedro Beato providing big league value right now. ?Cory Vaughn was the Gnats' most dangerous offensive player in the first half, but it's a long way from the SAL to the big leagues and, as Darrell Ceciliani and Juan Urbina have found out, even further from the short-season levels to the bigs.

Part 5 on players ranked 16-20 is here. ?Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is?here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

 

Tags: Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Dillon Gee, Juan Urbina, Pedro Beato, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 2

Darrell Ceciliani was 2-4 and drove a two-run double into the right field corner in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Gnats ahead in a three-run eighth inning comeback. ?He's hit safely in nine of his last ten and is up to .350/.422/.500 in his last 10 games.

Robbie Shields (.281/.357/.433) was 1-3 with a line drive double to left, and a sac fly driven to right. ?Consider the Gnats leaders in extra-base hits:

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@ Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, St. Lucie Mets

The St. Lucie offense was limited to five hits, and only got one?base-runner?past second-base all game. ?Juan Lagares collected two hits to raise his season totals to .329/.373/.482.

Armando Rodriguez was solid (4 IP, 3h, 2r, 1er, bb, 2k- 6GB), but took the loss for St. Lucie.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Armando Rodriguez, Darrell Ceciliani, Josh Edgin, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Wilfredo Tovar
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Darrell Ceciliani who I had ranked as the #12 prospect in the Mets system coming into the year, has been placed on the Savannah DL with a strained right hamstring.? Patrick Farrell was added to the Savannah roster to take his place.

Ceciliani was removed in the middle of the first inning of Tuesday's game after running out a ground ball to second base.

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A+: St. Lucie Mets 3, Fort Myers Miracle 1Matt Harvey on Tuesday night: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.

The Mets top pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey has now started his professional career off with 11 straight scoreless innings.? His two-start line is 11 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 17 K.? Of the 13 outs he has recorded without a strikeout, eight have been ground balls and five were in the air.

From a statistical level, is it possible to start a season and a professional career any better?

Tags: Daily Recap, Darrell Ceciliani, Matt Harvey, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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In 2010, Darrell Ceciliani boosted his prospect status as much as any player in the Mets organization.? In 2009 while playing for Kingsport of the APPY League, Ceciliani had an unimpressive pro debut with a .234/.313/.310 batting line.? This past season, Ceciliani won the NYPL batting title with a .351 average, to go with leading the league in runs scored (56), hits (95), and triples (12).? Ceciliani finished with a triple slash line of .351/.410/.531, earning him the Cyclones 2010 Sterling Award.

Ceciliani was drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 MLB draft, and graduated from the same high school that produced Boston Red Sox all-star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.? While the comparisons are drawn between the two, Ellsbury is the superior athlete with better speed, but Ceciliani is the more powerful hitter.? During my trip to PSL, I got a very good look at the 20-year old Ceciliani.? Here are some of my notes on Ceciliani:

  • Bigger build and stronger than I anticipated. If he wants to stay in CF, he will need to maintain his quickness and agility.
  • While not a Reyes/Ellsbury type burner, Ceciliani is an above average runner and a decent athlete
  • Solid bat speed, with gap to gap power. Uses the whole field well, keeps his hands inside the ball
  • Very flat swing. Consistently put the barrel on the ball in BP, spraying line drives to all fields
  • Below average throwing arm in the OF (I did not see Ceciliani play the OF, so will hold off on his defensive ability)
  • Outgoing personality, always joking and laughing with teammates and coaches
 

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Vaughn to SavannahApparently, Cory Vaughn will be a Savannah Sand Gnat to begin 2011.? Or so he told twitter:

Color me pretty surprised if this does indeed come to pass.? It's not just that he mashed at a .307/.396/.557 rate for Brooklyn with 14 bombs in 72 games last year.? He'll be 22 on May 1.? That's on the older side for a top prospect in the SAL.? He's a physically developed, experienced college hitter who I would think would be up to the challenge of the Florida State League.? Keep in mind however, that we're 12 days from final roster decisions, so things could change, despite one man's tweets.

A Drug Test Saved Manny Garcia's LifeTremendous work at ESPNNY by Adam Rubin, who has no peer on the beat when it comes to covering the organization from top-to-bottom.

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With the big leaguers over in Orlando taking on the Braves, the complex was all about the minor leaguers today. Mets CEO Fred Wilpon was cruising around the complex, being driven on a golf cart. Here are some of my notes from today's workouts:

- Albert Cordero had been battling an illness, but told me he is go to go today...

- Darrell Ceciliani is very talkative and always smiling, but is all business when he has a bat in his hands. He looks to be having a ton of fun. He had an impressive round of BP, spraying line drives to all fields.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Juan Urbina, Matt Harvey, Robbie Shields, Scott Moviel
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Yesterday, Baseball America named RF Cory Vaughn as the New York Penn League's #3 prospect and CF Darrell Ceciliani as the League's #11.

On Vaughn, Aaron Fitt cites his ability to go the other way, a skill he improved as a junior in college for his success this summer.

Is that any surprise that Vaughn learned the value of going the other way in college at San Diego State under Head Coach Tony Gwynn, who made the Baseball Hall of Fame in part for his ability to wear out the 5.5 hole between third and short for his ability as a left-handed hitter?? I wonder if Gwynn felt a certain sense of deja vu teaching a Vaughn how to go the other way.? At the time of Gwynn's introduction, Tim Kurkjian told a story about Gwynn teaching Cory's father Greg, to let the ball travel longer so he could hit it the other way; an adjustment that led to Greg's 50 home run season 1998.

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I recently had the privilege to have Kevin Goldstein, of Baseball Prospectus, answer some of my questions regarding Mets minor leaguers.

MD: Darrell Ceciliani had monster a season for Brooklyn. Does he have enough defensive ability to be an impact type big league CF?? What would you say his ceiling is?

KG: I'm going to start with a quick comment that applies to nearly all of your questions. You're asking about short-season guys, and it's such a nascent time in these players careers that we're projecting a LOT. These players can go in a ton of directions from here, many of them good, many of them bad, and we can just go on what we know. Onto Ceciliani, I wouldn't call him an impact defender, but he can play the position well, and that gives him a huge leg up, as you can't say that about most minor league center fielders. What he did offensively this year was a very pleasant surprise, and did wonders for his stock. He does need to work on his approach, as he's a bit of a pitch chaser, and he needs to work on his base running, but he can hit and I like him quite a bit.
MD: Cory Vaughn displayed an above average power/speed combination in the NYPL.? Do you feel he can continue this at higher levels of competition?

Tags: Akeel Morris, Baseball Prospectus, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Juan Urbina, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Reese Havens, Sean Ratliff
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We've gone through the full-season Sterling Award winners including Organization Player of the Year Lucas Duda, Pitcher of the Year Mark Cohoon, AAA winner Dillon Gee, AA winner Kirk Nieuwenhuis, A+ winner Wilmer Flores, and A winner Cesar Puello,? so lets move on to the short-season award recipients, starting with Darrell Ceciliania of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Ceciliani didn't just win the New York-Penn League batting title by hitting .351, a new Cyclones' record.? He won the NYP batting title by 21 points. He led the League in hits (95) and triples (12), was third in OBP (.410), and tied for third in doubles (19) and in extra-base hits (33) with teammate Cory Vaughn.? Oh, and he was the youngest player on the Cyclones.

Ceciliani is not just a hitter.? One Mets person suggested to me that that Ceciliani was just about the best defensive CF in the system.? That's high praise.

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- Darrell Ceciliani was a monster for Brooklyn in their thrilling 2-1 series win over Jamestown.? The 20-year old hit .545/.667/.636 in Brooklyn's three playoff games.? Or if you prefer smaller numbers, he was 6-for-11 with a double, four walks, one strikeout, two RBI and was a perfect four-for-four stealing bases.

- Brooklyn starts the NYP League Championship Series in Tri-City on Saturday night.? The Cyclones host games two and three on Sunday at 5 pm and Monday at 7 pm.

- Gnats RHP Collin McHugh (and the scheduled game three starter if the series gets that far) writes about the mood in the Savannah clubhouse heading into the playoffs:

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Game 3- @ Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Jamestown Jammers 4

The Brooklyn Cyclones have advanced to the NYPL Championship, with a 6-4 victory over Jamestown.? The Cyclones fought back to win the series 2 games to 1, after losing Game 1.? The Cyclones will take on the Tri-City Valley Cats in the Championship series, beginning on Saturday at Tri-City.? (Photo courtesy of brooklyncyclones.com)

The Cyclones wasted no time getting on the board, as leadoff hitter, Darrell Ceciliani (2-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SB) doubled, was moved to?third-base on a J.B. Brown sac bunt, then scored on a Cory Vaughn (1-4, RBI) ground-out.? Ceciliani reached base safely 3 times, and was 6-11 (.545), 5 runs scored, 2 RBI, 4 bb, and 4 stolen bases in the three-game series.? ?

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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: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Aberdeen Ironbirds 3- 10 innings

Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 2B, HR, RBI) took the Cyclones home in style as he homered in the bottom of the 10th, to cap off a wild comeback to defeat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 4-3.? Brooklyn (42-21) trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning, when an Aberdeen throwing error on an Jeff Flagg (2-3, RBI, 2 SB) steal attempt sailed wayward, allowing Cory Vaughn?(1-2, 2B, 2BB, SB) to score.? Then leading off the bottom of the ninth, William Cherry ?(1-4, HR, RBI) delivered a clutch game tying homerun, to tied the score at 3.? This set up Ceciliani's walk-off blast to lead off the tenth.? Ceciliani (pictured) now bring his season totals to: .350/.405/.524.? Ceciliani leads the NYPL in batting average, runs, hits, triples, and total bases,?and is in the top 10 in 4 other categories.?

A.J. Pinera with another solid start (6 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 er, 1 bb, 6 K).? Pinera is now 2-1, 1.99 ERA in 9 starts for the Cyclones.? Johan Figuereo ?(2 IP, 3K) pitched two?perfect innings to pick up the victory.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Akeel Morris, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Michael Hebert
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SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Staten Island Yankees 6

Wilfredo Tovar (2-5, 2SB, 2RBI) singled in two runs in the 7th inning, to lead the Brooklyn Cyclones (39-20) to a 7-6 victory over the Staten Island Yankees.? The Cyclones opened the game with a four-run 1st, highlighted by a J.B. Brown (1-4, HR, 3RBI) 3-run homerun. ??Staten Island then rallied in a 5-run 3rd inning, off of Brooklyn starter A.J. Pinera (4 1/3 IP, 7h, 5r, 3er, 2bb, 3K) to take a 5-4 lead. ?? Darrell Ceciliani (1-4, 2 runs, 2B, SB (19)), Joe Bonfe (2-5, 2RBI), and James Scroeder (2-4, run) helped the Cyclones attack.? Wes Wrenn (2 2/3 IP, 1h, 0r, 1bb, 2K) picked up the win in relief of Pinera, and Ryan Fraser (2/3 IP, K) notched his 10th save.

Notes: Cory Vaughn did not play for the second consecutive game.? I do not have any further information concerning Vaughn.? Also, C Juan Centeno was forced to leave the game after a 1st inning triple, and was replaced by Blake Forsythe.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Javier Rodriguez, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Wes Wrenn, Wilfredo Tovar
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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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SSA: Friday: @ Williamsport Crosscutters 9, Brooklyn Cyclones 4Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 4, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 2Sunday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (14 innings)

A 2-for-12 weekend with a triple and a walk brought Cory Vaughn down to .308/.399/.556.? He's still third in the NYP in slugging and OPS.

Darrell Ceciliani (.364/.416/.535) was 1-7 on Sunday, but had multi-hit games in the other two.? He leads the NYP in average and total bases and is fourth in stolen bases (18), but has also been caught 10 times.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 5, @ Auburn Doubledays 2

The game turned on five Cyclones' runs in the top of the seventh, but I'm more interested in CF Darrell Ceciliani going 2-5 and RF Cory Vaughn going 2-3 with an IBB.? Ceciliani, who turned 20 in June is hitting .370/.425/.555 with 16 doubles and 10 triples.? He leads the league in AVG, OPS and is second in OBP and third in SLG.

Meanwhile, the 21-year old Vaughn is hitting .317/.401/.569 and is second in the league in slugging, HR and total bases.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Toby Hyde
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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 14, Batavia Muckdogs 4

Wow: CF Darrell Ceciliani (.382/.434/.559) was 3-4 with a double and his first home run of the year

Wow 2: RF Cory Vaughn (.313/.401/.574) was 2-3 with his 11th jack of the year.? Vaughn came out early for a pinch-hitter.? Anyone at this game?

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Toby Hyde
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