Featuring a roster filled with high profile college draft picks, the Brooklyn Cyclones boast their fair share of stars and on Monday three of them were named to the New York Penn-League All-Star team with SS Colby Woodmansee, 1B Peter Alonso, and RHP Harol Gonzalez representing the Cyclones in Hudson Valley.
Woodmansee, a five-time scholar baller at Arizona State, quickly emerged as one of Brooklyn’s top hitters after being taken in the 6th round of the 2016 draft by the New York Mets. In his first 41 games, Woodmansee has a .283 batting average and a.741 OPS with 2 home runs and 21 RBI. Woodmansee recorded his first professional home run on July 4 against the Batavia Muckdogs.
“Making the All-Star team was something I expected to do and was one of my goals heading into the season. Many players go their entire minor league career and never get a chance to play in one. I texted my mom and dad when I found out and they were really excited for me,” Woodmansee said.
Alonso, a second-round pick by the Mets out of Florida, joined the Cyclones on July 9 and quickly became the club’s central power threat, leading them in five offensive categories, including batting average (.324), home runs (5), RBI (21), and slugging percentage (.590). On August 8 against the Tri-City ValleyCats, Alonso recorded a career-best, four hits in five at-bats and fell a triple short of the cycle in a 17-3 victory. Alonso has also played a flawless first base, going errorless in his first 18 pro games.
“It means a lot especially not getting as much time here in Brooklyn as some of the other guys. Me coming here late and being voted onto the team just means the world because I was able to make the most of my time here. I don’t want to settle for where I am and will myself into being the best player I can be,” Alonso said.
Gonzalez, signed by the Mets as an international free agent in 2013 out of the Dominican Republic became one of the most dominating starting pitchers in the New York-Penn League, going 4-1 with a 1.77 ERA in nine starts and drawing comparisons to a young Pedro Martinez by some scouts. Gonzalez’s 67 strikeouts in 56 innings lead the league and has held opposing batters to a .184 average, entering play on August 9. Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on two occasions this season, including a July 14 outing against the Lowell Spinners.
“Certainly, all of our other pitchers are watching Harol like a hawk. We have several other guys that throw harder than Harol, but it is obvious they are seeing a guy with impeccable control. He’s always got the hitter behind in the count. You can’t teach this, but Harol has what Greg Maddux and Brad Radke had where they can see a hitter take one swing and know what pitch to throw to keep a hitter off balance. He’s too good for this league,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa said.
Woodmansee, Alonso, and Gonzalez will play for the South All-Stars in Hudson Valley. The 12th annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, August 16 at Dutchess Stadium, the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades.