June 14, 2021

Brooklyn Cyclones finally returning with top Mets prospects (New York Post)


For the first time in 616 days, baseball will be back on Coney Island on Tuesday.

Plenty has changed since the Brooklyn Cyclones last played a home game — a bump up in level, a new stadium name and a different manager — but they will return from an 11-game road trip for their home opener Tuesday against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Now the Mets’ High-A affiliate, after 19 seasons as a Single-A short-season league team, the Cyclones will play host to the Renegades, a Yankees’ affiliate, at Maimonides Park, which has been rebranded after Brooklyn’s leading health care center.

Now managed by Ed Blankmeyer, the former longtime St. John’s coach, the Cyclones arrive home with a 4-7 record. They have been led by a pair of the organization’s top-five prospects, shortstop Ronny Mauricio and third baseman Brett Baty.

Mets prospect Brett Baty.
Mets prospect Brett Baty.
Paul J. Bereswill

The 20-year-old Mauricio, the Mets’ No. 2 prospect per MLB.com, enters Tuesday batting .341 with four home runs and a 1.118 OPS. The 21-year-old Baty, the Mets’ No. 4 prospect, is batting .355 with a .972 OPS.

When the Cyclones last played in Brooklyn, they won the New York-Penn…

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