img_1496The New York Mets today parted ways with 14 Minor League players, as they need to make spots available for the 2016 seasons.

Among those cut were 11 former Cyclones.

A total of 14 guys were cut. The non-Cyclones cut included Jose Figueroa, 2B Leon Canelon, & 3B Alvin Maracaro. None of these guys went higher than Kingsport.

6 members of the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones were cut.

KaupeBranden Kaupe, a middle infielder who hit .189 on the season with 6 RBIs.

Kaupe was shown the door after 4 seasons with the Mets.


HilarioManuel Hilario, a catcher who appeared in 34 games, hitting .163 with 2 homers and 11 RBIs.

He spent 5 years in the Mets organization.


ReyesRuben Reyes, who appeared in 23 games for Brooklyn. He posted an ERA of 4.94 in 27.1 innings pitched.

Reyes had been with the Mets since 2010.


FulmerWill Fulmer, a middle infielder who appeared in 46 games in Brooklyn over his 2 seasons due to injuries.

He hit .177 with 1 homer & 14 RBIs.

He was drafted by the Mets in 2014.

CaraballoOswald Caraballo, who may go down as one of the worst Cyclones ever, due to his inability to get on base or even field. Caraballo hit .131 with 3 RBIs, but had a sub .100 average for most of the season.

Caraballo began his Mets career in 2011.

MathieuZach Mathieu, was another player cut. In 5 years, most fans will only remember Mathieu in Brooklyn Cyclones history as “Daniel Weiss’ Look-A-Like.” A 1B who was excellent defensively, the nearly-24-year-old Mathieu hit .206 with 4 homers, 27 RBIs and 16 doubles. However, Mathieu was prone to striking out a lot and did not excel fast enough through the system.

Mathieu spent 4 years at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire finishing in spring 2013. He joined the Mets in 2013 after being drafted from college and was with the Mets for 3 years.

The Former Cyclones who were cut include:

Adam KolarekAdam Kolarek, who was a reliever on the 2010 Brooklyn Cyclones. Kolarek appeared in 17 games, posting an ERA of 2.89 in 28 innings. He held batters to an OPP AVG of .168.

Kolarek was in the Mets system for 6 seasons.

J HilarioJulian Hilario, a started on the 2012 team who posted an ERA of 3.23 in 12 games, giving up 20 earned runs in 55.32 innings. He finished the 2012 season with a record of 4-4.

Hilario joined the Mets in 2010.

JEff GlennJeff Glenn, who was primarily a #3 catcher on the 2012 team. He appeared in 27 games, hitting .227 with a homer, 5 RBIs and 3 doubles.

Glenn spent 6 seasons with the Mets, making it as high as St. Lucie.


Anthony ChavezAnthony Chavez appeared in 108 games for the Cyclones in 2 seasons, hitting .190 with 2 homers and 18 RBIs. While Chavez has some pop in his bat, his fielding was lackluster.

Chavez was working on becoming a pitcher in 2015, as his posted an ERA of 0.73 for the GCL Mets this season in 12.1 innings pitched.

Cory VaughnCory Vaughn, who had an All Star Season in 2010. The son of former MLB OF Greg Vaughn, Cory holds the Cyclones single season record for homers (14) and RBIs (56). During his lone season in Brooklyn, Vaughn hit .307 with 14 doubles, 5 triples and 12 stolen bases. As Vaughn progresses through the system, he suffered injuries and made it as high as Las Vegas.


About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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  1. Jeffrey Lemon says:

    All of these guys were minor league filler. Maybe we will see one or two with the Long Island Ducks one day

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