By Jerry Del Priore
Though it’s early in the season for the Brooklyn Cyclones (9-7), the short-season Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, first baseman Joe Genord is leading the team in three offensive categories: .298 batting average, three home runs and seven runs scored in 47 at-bats in 13 games.
Sure, it’s a small sample size, but it’s encouraging for Genord, whom the Mets selected in the ninth-round in this year’s MLB amateur draft out of the University of South Florida.
Being six-foot-one and 227 pounds, Genord’s power numbers should theoretically increase as he gets more accustomed to professional pitching and thusly rises through New York’s farm system.
Additionally, Genord is currently slashing .364/.553/.917 with 14 hits, three of which are doubles, and has added five walks to his offensive totals. He’ll need to make a few adjustments at the plate and cut down on his strikeout totals, however, as he’s whiffed 14 times so far this campaign.
Genord led the USF Bulls with a .333 average, 13 longballs, 14 doubles, and 52 RBI and finished second on the team with 36 runs scored in his senior year.