2008-07-04 / Sports

Top Draft Picks Arrive To Help Struggling Cyclones

By Elio Velez

Sean Ratliffe. Photos By Peter Borriello. Sean Ratliffe. Photos By Peter Borriello. 15 baseball games doesn't come close to evaluating what type of team the Brooklyn Cyclones will become. But in the 76 game New York Penn League Rookie A season, already 1/5 of the season has been completed. And the Cyclones have struggled with only a 7- 8 record in the McNamara Division at presstime.

By no means are the Cyclones and manager Edgar Alfonzo going to panic just yet. For the first time in their eight year existence, many of the Cyclones' top picks will ply their trade in their professional debut in Brooklyn.

And with the talent finally arriving and getting on the diamond, Alfonzo should get some consistency, especially with an offense ranked 11th out of 14 overall in the Penn League.

Reese Havens played in his professional debut on Monday night as the first round pick, #22 overall in the 2008 MLB Draft, started at designated hitter. Havens, who batted second and wore the #12, was injured for the first two weeks of the season due to a lingering right shoulder injury suffered days prior to the Cyclones home opener on June 17. He went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in his debut.

Reese Havens looks at strike two. Reese Havens looks at strike two. New York Mets first round pick Ike Davis, selected 18th overall in the first round in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, came from Arizona State University to Fishkill, New York.

He arrived with the Cyclones to play the Hudson Valley Renegades while bringing his hot bat with him. With the Cyclones, the tall left-handed hitter is batting .308 in 26 at bats.

As a three-time college All-American out of the University of Arizona State, Davis was selected by the Mets for his prowess at the plate. The 6-4, 215 pound first baseman, and the son of former major league pitcher Ron Davis, batted .385 in his junior year with 16 HRs and 76 RBI.

Supplemental pick Brad Holt, the 6- 4 right-handed pitcher from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA.

Sean Ratliff will add another tall lefthanded presence in the lineup as the fourth round pick from Stanford University will play his majority of the time in the outfield.

Third baseman Eric Campbell will see more time in the lineup at third base and in the DH spot with the departures of the rehabbing Mets' Ryan Church and Binghamton's Dan Murphy.

Impressive looking hitter Dan Murphy, the third baseman from Double AA Binghamton who is tearing up the Eastern League rehabbed his left shoulder for three days in Brooklyn. The 23-year old Murphy has improved on his fine season at Port St. Lucie in 2007 with an even better performance this year.

Hitting .321 in Binghamton this season with 8 HRs and 47 RBI, Murphy continued his scalding bat with the

Struggling Cyclones

Cyclones, plating 7 hits in 14 at bats against Aberdeen and Hudson Valley.

It's too bad for the Cyclones that Murphy, who had an 8 game cup of coffee with the Cyclones in 2006, is heading back to Binghamton. The Brooklyn bats have been non-existent. The team is hitting a collective .231.

Brooklyn couldn't escape the rain in the final three games of their homestand. The game was delayed prior to the start of their series on June 28, 29 and 30 against Aberdeen and Hudson Valley.

The Cyclones could not get away from injuries plaguing the middle of their infield in one game. 2B Josh Satin sprained his right wrist sliding into second base in the fifth inning against Hudson Valley last Monday night. He's out to day to day. Former and now current Cyclones Matt Bouchard was brought up to play shortstop in the absence of Havens, who was originally slated to start the season.

Bouchard sprained his groin muscle while trying to run to first on a bunt single. It's unknown how long he will be out of the lineup. IF Brandon Richey

Bouchard had plenty of experience in Brooklyn last year in earning a spot to the New York Penn League All-Star Game. His reappearance in Brooklyn after a stellar year was a bit surprising. When Havens eventually return to the shortstop position he manned at the University of South Carolina, Bouchard should be reassigned to higher Single A Savannah.

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