By Jerry Del Priore
With major league opening just a few days away, former Brooklyn Cyclones are finding the way into different levels of the minor leagues to start the 2017 season, including right-handed pitchers Paul Sewald and Akeel Morris, as well as catcher Kevin Plawecki.
The New York Mets reassigned Sewald to their minor league camp while optioning Plawecki to their minor league camp.
Sewald, chosen in the tenth round of the 2012 MLB June amateur draft by New York, went 0-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 28.2 innings in 16 contests with Brooklyn in 2012.
The 26-year-old Las Vegas native played with Triple-A Las Vegas 51s (PCL) and posted a 5-3 record with a 3.29 ERA in 65.2 innings of work in 56 games in 2016. In addition, Sewald recorded an impressive strikeout to walk ration at 80/21.
Sewald’s number are even more impressive, given the hitter-friendly nature of the PCL, where balls fly out of the park are on a regular basis.
Plawecki, a former Mets’ first round pick in 2012, was sent to Las Vegas to start the season, losing New York’s backup backstop job to Rene Rivera.
The former Purdue Boilermaker hit .250 with seven homers and 27 RBI in 216 at-bats in 61 tilts with the Cyclones in ‘12.
Plawecki made his major league debut on April 25th, 2015, with the Mets. He has amassed a .211 average with four dingers and 32 RBI in 365 at-bats in 121 games at the major league level.
Morris, selected in the tenth round of the 2010 MLB draft by New York, was sent to the AAA Gwinnett (IL) Braves last week.
The St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands native, who had a minuscule 1.00 ERA with Brooklyn in 2013, reached “The Show” with New York on June 17, 2015. But he was shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays, surrendering five earned runs in 0.2 innings.
The Mets traded him to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Kelly Johnson and cash last year.