By Jerry Del Priore
As Spring Training nears conclusion, ex-Brooklyn Cyclones are filtering onto various minor league rosters throughout baseball.
Here are three players who’ve graced MCU Park in the past, and have been assigned to minor league camp.
The New York Mets have optioned outfielder Travis Taijeron and infielder Gavin Cecchini to minor league camp Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the New York Yankees have sent right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL) and reassigned him to minor league camp Friday.
Taijeron enjoyed a solid first year of professional ball with the Cyclones, posting a .299 batting average, smacking nine homers, and driving in 44 runs in 194 at-bats in 56 games in the 2011 campaign.
The 28-year-old right-handed hitter has totaled 110 dingers in his pro career, but the Mets haven’t called him up yet. However, this could be his make-or-break year, so we’ll see how things shake out for him.
Cecchini, who played with Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic and with Brooklyn in 2012 and ’13 (.273, 14 RBI, 41 BB), could figure in the Mets’ infield at some point in the season, or as trade bait because of their depth at the position.
The 23-year-old shortstop, a former first round Mets’ pick in 2012, played in four games with New York last season.
Cessa inked a contract with New York as an international free agent in July 2008. The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher posted a 5-4 record with a 2.49 ERA in 72.1 innings of work in 13 games with Brooklyn in 2012.
Cessa spent five years in the Mets’ system before landing with the Yankees’ organization last year, in which he went 4-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 70.3 innings in 17 contests with the big club.