Former Brooklyn Cyclones Off to Solid Starts with Binghamton Rumble Ponies

By Jerry Del Priore

With the baseball season in full swing, there are several ex-Brooklyn Cyclones playing well at the onset of the season for the New York Mets’ Double-A affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Eastern League.

Here is a look at four such players:

M. Oberste
Matt Oberste with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Matt Oberste

A seventh-round pick of the Mets in the 2013 MLB amateur draft, Oberste, a 25-year-old designated hitter with Binghamton, is batting .306 with three doubles, five RBI and seven walks in 36 at-bats in 10 games.

The Fort Smith, Ark., native hit .208 with three homers and 24 RBI in 255 at-bats in 68 tilts with Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League (NYPL) in 2013.

L. J. Mazzilli

The second baseman is a former fourth-round draft selection of New York in ’13. He’s currently hitting .333 with four RBI, two doubles and seven bases-on-balls in 33 at-bats in ten contests with the Rumble Ponies.

While with the Cyclones in ’13, Mazzilli, the son of former Baltimore Orioles manager and Mets star Lee Mazzilli, smacked .278 with four long balls, 34 RBI, 12 doubles and two triples in 273 at-bats in 70 affairs, though the 26-year-old whiffed 53 times.

P.J. Conlon (23rd on’s 2017 top 30 prospect watch list)

The lefty Conlon, 23, is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings of work for Binghamton.

With Brooklyn, the Belfast, Northern Ireland-born hurler went 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA in 17 innings pitched in 17 games.

Selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2015 Draft out of the University of San Diego, Conlon is 14-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 170 innings in 43 tilts for his minor league career.

Tyler Pill

Pill, a former fourth-round pick of New York in the 2011 MLB Draft, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 10.1 innings in two starts for the Rumble Ponies.

The Cal State University Fullerton product was 1-0 with 3.86 ERA in seven games (one start) for Brooklyn in 2011, his first professional campaign. That season, the 26-year-old righty combined to go 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine tilts (one start) for two clubs, including the Gulf Coast Mets (rookie).



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