Here’s our weekly look at how some of your favorite Cyclones from the past are performing so far during the 2012 campaign:
Kirk Nieuwenhuis - Although he didn’t make the Opening Day roster for the New York Mets, Nieuwenhuis made his major league debut in the second game of the season. The 2008 Sterling Award winner as Brooklyn MVP has been impressive in his big league career thus far, batting .325 (13-40) with a pair of home runs in 13 games with the Mets. The Santa Monica, CA native even carved his place into Mets history on Friday, April 20th when he became the first lefthanded hitting Met to hit a home run out of Citi Field to the opposite field.
Chris Schwinden - The righthander is off to a strong start with Buffalo (A) of the International League. Opponents are hitting just .184 against him while posting a 2-2 record with a 2.05 ERA. In 22.0 innings, he has allowed just five earned runs and 14 hits. In three of his four starts, he has allowed one earned run or less.
Collin McHugh - McHugh, who posted an 8-2 record for Brooklyn in 2009, is well on his way to topping that mark. In four starts with Binghamton (AA) this season, the righthander is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA. In 22.2 innings of work, he has allowed just four earned runs and 17 hits while striking out 22.
Danny Muno - The 2011 Sterling Award winner for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who also led the New York-Penn League in hitting, is off to a strong start with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. He has reached base safely in 14 of 15 games to start the year and has seven RBI in his last three games – including a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to give St. Lucie a 9-8 win over Fort Myers. Muno, who played shortstop for the Cyclones in 2011, has made 12 starts at second base this season.
Wilfredo Tovar - The Venezuela native has strung together five straight multi-hit games to raise his average to .347 (17-49). Tovar, who spent part of the 2010 season with the Cyclones, has also scored eight runs with five doubles and seven RBI in 15 games for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.