Woodmansee, Gonzalez lead early season standouts
by Bryan Fonseca
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As of now, the Brooklyn Cyclones are only 10-13 to start the season, but that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of quality performances being put forward by the players on the New York Mets ‘A’ ball affiliate.

They’ve just predominately come from pitchers.

Over the course of the first few weeks, we’ve witnessed some quality outings from these young arms, and a chosen few could be part of the next generation of Mets pitchers.

Of all starting pitchers, Dominican-born Merandy Gonzalez has been the most effective, continuing what’s been an overall stellar minor league career. Originally signed at 17 years old, Gonzalez, 21, is currently 13-8 with a 2.93 career ERA in 46 appearances, including 29 starts.

So far with the Cyclones this season, he’s 2-0 in five starts with a 2.73 ERA, highest among starters. Gonzalez currently stands as the team’s second leading strikeout ace with 29 K’s in 26.1 innings pitched. In three of his five starts, Gonzalez has only allowed one run or less.

However, Merandy isn’t even the best strikeout pitcher with his surname on the squad. Harol Gonzalez, another starter, is also enjoying some success in the early going.

Harol Gonzalez, 21, also has five starts, and has posted a 1-1 record with a solid 3.25 ERA. Also Dominican, he currently leads the team with 36 strikeouts in only 27.2 innings pitched.

Both pitchers have elevated the Cyclones’ staff with a number of quality starts, leaving the Brooklyn Bombers in positions to win upon exiting their respective games.

As far as the bullpen goes, Joseph Zanghi and Taylor Henry have been absolute money for the Cyclones.

Zanghi, a 24th round draft pick in 2015 who will turn 22 after the season, has only allowed two runs in 9.1 innings of relief, and currently has a 1.93 ERA to his credit.

Henry, 23, the 21st round pick in last year’s draft, has yet to allow a run in 12.1 innings pitched over the course of nine games. The Louisiana-born lefty has a team-best 0.00 ERA, and for his minor league career thus far he’s posted a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings and 18 appearances.

Members of the newly signed 2016 draft class have also gotten off to encouraging starts to their minor league careers.

First-round pick and 20-year-old Justin Dunn, drafted 19th overall, made his Cyclones debut last week, and his since pitched four shutout innings in two appearances while striking out three batters and walking two.

Seventh-round choice Austin McGeorge, 21, has also pitched four shutout innings out of the bullpen throughout the early portion of his Cyclone tenure. In four games, McGeorge has struck out five hitters while allowing only two base hits.

Another rookie who has stood out thus far is Gary Cornish. Cornish, a 19th-round draft selection, has posted a 2.25 ERA, unlike his fellow draftees who each have a perfect 0.00 respectively so far. However, Cornish has recorded the most strikeouts of the bunch, with seven, over four logged innings of work.

As far as hitting is concerned, no star has shined brighter than shortstop Colby Woodmansee, whose .328 batting average and .438 slugging percentage are among the best in the league, and by far the best on the team.

A fifth-round selection this summer, the Arizona State alum, who turns 22 next month, has recorded 21 base hits in 64 at-bats. He’s tied for a team-high two home runs and leads the way with 10 RBI’s.

Jay Jabs, a 17th-round pick, has had some bright moments when hitting for the Cyclones thus far. Though he wasn’t a top-level draft choice, Jabs, 21, has earned a number of opportunities, even hitting in the coveted three hole, and his .263 average is the second best among active Cyclones.

To his credit, the outfielder has six RBI’s, three doubles and a team best .391 on base percentage.

Ali Sanchez, who the Mets are especially high on, is currently hitting .261 with three doubles in 46 at bats. The 19-year-old Venezuelan born catcher has three RBI’s in 12 games of play.

Newly signed second-round pick Peter Alonso, 21, recently made his debut and has recorded two hits in eight at-bats, one of which was an RBI double. The former Florida Gator brings a lot of pop to the Cyclone line-up, so expect to witness a lot of this hard-hitting first baseman moving forward.

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