Brooklyn Cyclones Update
By Elio Velez
Brooklyn Cyclones Outfielder Ender Chavez is known throughout the minor leagues as the younger brother of Montreal Expos prospect Endy Chavez. The brothers hold the distinction of both playing in the Mets' minor league system. The 21-year-old Ender hopes to rise as far as his brother and get to the big leagues with the Mets.
Growing up in Valencia, Venezuela, the 5'11, 155 pound outfielder, got his first taste playing pro ball in 2001 with the Casper Rockies of the Colorado Rockies organization. When he was traded to the Mets and placed in Brooklyn, he received good advice from his brother. "He played his first year with the Mets" (1996). Chavez said. "He told me how is the organization and it is new for me because I got traded here."
The lefty hitting Chavez has gotten off to a fast start as he rang up a 13 game hitting streak, which was the highest for the Cyclones so far. He has played all three positions in the outfield and has a good throwing arm. He doesn't mind playing different positions.
"I play everywhere, because in winter ball I play left field, all my life I play in center and last year I played in right field so I feel comfortable everywhere."
Chavez enjoys the chance to play in winter ball with his brother for the Magallanes team in Venezuela. The team made the finals of the championship last year.
Chavez is excited about playing in New York and especially to home sellout crowds. "I feel good, the people always come to the game, it's exciting, I feel like I am home."
Wonder Wheel Notes:
The Brooklyn Cyclones have continued their up and down season as they have fallen to fourth place in the McNamara Division.
With the mediocre start and hovering around the .500 mark, the steam coming out of the clubhouse is not emanating strictly from the steam room.
After a 9-2 loss to New Jersey last Monday night, Manager Howard Johnson seemed a little perturbed at his players for their effort after a 11-4 drubbing of Hudson Valley the previous night.
"It was pretty ugly. The same guys out there yesterday were out there today. It shows the kind of team we have. We have to play fundamentally sound every night. We will not beat teams like yesterday."
"We can't make the mistakes that we made tonight and expect to win."
When asked if he thought the team would start to become more consistent, Johnson said: "I had felt good about tonight's game but it fell apart. They are fragile. It's going to happen when you get down and sooner or later they are going to have to figure it out."
The Brooklyn Cyclones know how to beat their interborough rival, the Staten Island Yankees as Brooklyn won 5-0 on July 24 at home. They are 9-0 at home against the Yankees since beginning play in 2001.
The Capital City (A) Bombers of the South Atlantic League won the first half championship last week with a roster comprised of many former Cyclones. The Bombers, also referred to by some people as "Brooklyn South", won 1-0 over South Georgia with the help of four former Cyclones.
Pitcher Ross Peeples, who was the best pitcher on the Cyclones last year pitched 7 shutut innings and struck out 8 batters. Reliever Blake McGinley pitched 3 shutout innings and in the 10th innings, Frank Corr drove in Angel Pagan to score the only run and clinch the championship.
Alhaji Turay is the hottest hitter in the Cyclones lineup. The 20-year Outfielder is batting a robust .380 and leads the team in many offensive categories. Turay also hit in 12 straight games earlier this season.
Though the team has struggled, the Cyclones pitching staff leads the New York Penn League in team strikeouts.