Octavio Acosta and Marcos Molina Impress In Their Cyclones’ Debuts
The Brooklyn Cyclones opened up this season by splitting a four game series with the Staten Island Yankees. A win at home on Opening night at MCU Park and in the nightcap of doubleheader game in S.I., displayed some of the Mets’2014 draft crop. Sixth round pick Tyler Moore and ninth round pick Michael Katz received some steady playing time, but it was the starting pitchers in the two victories that sparkled.
The season started off great for the Cyclones on Saturday night in Coney Island. The home team thrashed the Yankees 8-2 in front of 8,000 plus fans on Fireworks Night. While the Cyclones’ offense was able to compile eight runs, nine hits, and nine walks, Octavio Acosta dominated the opposing lineup for four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Acosta used a heavy dose of popping fastballs while mixing in off-speed pitches which helped tally seven strikeouts while keeping the Yankees at bay. Control abandoned him in the fifth when he plunked Austin Aune on a 0-2 count with the bases loaded, but that didn’t take away from his impressive debut. The 23 year old Acosta, after playing most of last season in the Gulf Coast League, is looking to take the next step in his development.
Well, he’s certainly off to good start.
Then there was Marcos Molina in the night cap of the double dip in Staten Island. The 19-year old, Dominican right hander validated Baseball Prospectus’ #10 ranking among Mets hopefuls, by dealing six innings of three hit ball while yielding only three hits and one walk. Like his rotation mate Acosta, Molina whiffed seven Yankees before being pulled after six. The big right hander showed the Father’s Day crowd why many scouts consider him a top prospect within the organization.
If these young pitchers’ upcoming seasons are foreshadowed by these impressive displays of dominance, first year manager Tom Gamboa may have an embarrassment of riches on his hands once fifth round pick Josh Prevost and seventh round pick Brad Wieck make their debuts this summer. Both pitchers stand over six feet eight and should bring some more eye popping heat to the Cyclones’ pitching arsenal.
Brooklyn kicks off a three game series against Hudson Valley Tuesday night at MCU Park.
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