2013 marked the thirteenth season for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the New York Mets short season Single-A affiliate based out of Coney Island. The Cyclones finished 37-38, 3.5 games behind McNamara Division winning Aberdeen and five games out of the Wild Card. 2013 marked the first time the franchise finished under .500 and the ballclub missed the New York-Penn League Playoffs for the first time since 2008. Manager Rich Donnelly returned in 2013 for his third season at the helm and now holds a career 128-97 record with the Cyclones.
Offensively, the Mets were led by a pair of highly touted draft picks in shortstop Gavin Cecchini (First round, twelfth overall in 2012) and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli (Fourth round, 2013), the son of former Met Lee Mazzilli. Little Mazz led the Cyclones with a .278 average and 34 RBI, while adding 12 doubles, two triples and four homers in 70 games. Cecchini, at just 19 years of age, chipped in with a .273 average, eight doubles and 14 RBI.
On the mound, Miller Diaz led the starting staff with a 7-3 record and 2.02 ERA in his fifth season in the Mets system. The 21-year old Venezuelan also struck out an impressive 87 batters in 66.2 innings, for a 2.64 K/BB ratio. In the bullpen, 2010 tenth-round pick Akeel Morris was stellar, posting a 4-1 record and 1.00 ERA in 45 innings of work, while 2013 seventeenth-rounder Johnny Magliozzi led the club with nine saves with a 1.17 ERA in 15.1 innings.
Brooklyn had another son of an '86 Met on their roster this year as reliever Shawn Teufel made a stop in Brooklyn during his first year in the organization. Signed as a 26-year old minor league free agent, the offspring of current Mets third base coach Tim Teufel appeared in six games for the Cyclones, going 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA before moving on to Savannah, St. Lucie and Binghamton. With their close proximity to Flushing, the Cyclones have benefited from MLB rehab assignments over the years and 2013 was no exception. Utility infielder Justin Turner hit .300 (3-for-12) in three games with the 'Clones and Jeurys Familia tossed a scoreless inning in his lone start for Brooklyn this season.
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