When many Cyclones fans last saw Angel Pagan, he was dancing the "Cha-Cha Slide" and mugging for the cameras after Brooklyn eliminated Staten island at KeySpan Park in the 2001 NYPL Semifinals.
That season, Pagan was an All-Star for the Cyclones, batted .315 (75-for-238), scored 46 runs, and set a franchise record with 30 stolen bases, as Brooklyn went on to win the NYPL Co_Championship.
Pagan later had his contract purchased by Chicago (1/25/06), and made his major-league debut for the Cubs on April 3, 2006, singling in his first big-league at-bat.
Pagan was reacquired by the Mets this past offseason, in a trade involving two other former Cyclones, Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers, and is now at Spring Training, on the Mets' 40-man roster.
Pagan has played in a team-high six games, and leads all Mets with 21 at-bats. The 26-year-old is making the most of his opportunity, batting .381 (8-for-21), with three runs, three RBI, and two stolen bases.
Pagan also recently impressed with his physical abilities, as he won every event, from a 300-yard run to vertical leap, during the Mets' conditioning tests at the start of camp. He's the first player in team history to sweep every test.
Several other former Cyclones, including Joe Smith, Eddie Kunz, Bobby Parnell, Brant Rustich, and Carlos Muniz are also in camp with the Mets -- the highest number of former Cyclones ever in one big-league camp.
Follow Angel Pagan and the rest of the former Cyclones in Spring Training