It was quite a weekend for Brooklyn fans who root for former Cyclones to make the majors as Brooklyn alumni Dan Murphy and Eddie Kunz made their debuts with the Mets.
Typically, the Mets have carried one or two ex-Cyclones on their roster, but the Mother Ship now has a record five former Brooklyn players now that Murphy and Kunz have joined Nick Evans, Joe Smith and Carlos Muniz on the Mets’ active roster.
In addition, former Cyclone Angel Pagan is on the Mets’ DL.
The two new Mets bring to 20 the number of Cyclones who’ve gone on to The Show.
On Saturday in Houston, Murphy, a first-round pick in 2006, singled in his first major league plate appearance.
Murphy had only played in eight games for the ’Clones last season, hitting .241, and for three more games with Brooklyn this season while on a rehab assignment, going 7-for-14.
“He can really hit,” said Cyclones’ manager Edgar Alfonzo, who managed Murphy in his time in Brooklyn.
“When you hit,” he added, “they’ll find a position for you.”
Alfonzo also managed Kunz with the Cyclones, who was drafted between the first and second rounds last year.
Kunz, out of Oregon State University, went 0–1 as a Cyclone reliever, with a 6.75 ERA.
He made his major league debut on Sunday in Houston and pitched a scoreless inning.
The Cyclones were still at Keyspan Park before taking a bus to Staten Island for their game that night and they saw Kunz on TV.
“You could see the guys’ blood pressure go up,” said Alfonzo. “Guys were saying, ‘Hey, we can do that!’”
Alfonzo thought Kunz’s debut with the Mets helped the Cyclones beat the Yankees 5–3 on Sunday. “Watching Kunz was like a good injection,” he said.