img_1496As is the case every season, Minor League players are cut from the organization as spring training winds down and slots need to be opened for others.

This afternoon, the Mets parted ways with 3 members of the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones pitching staff.

Brooklyn Baseball Banter wishes all 3 of these pitchers the best of luck with their careers and hopes they find a team to spend the 2016 season with.


Jose Celas

Jose Celas

The first pitcher cut today was right-hander Jose Celas.

Celas joined the Mets in 2010, playing with the Dominican Summer League (DSL) Mets 2 from 2010 to 2012. He was promoted to the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Mets in 2013 and spent that season, along with the 2014 season in the Mets complex in St. Lucie Flordia.

Celas joined the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2015, where he appeared in 9 games, including 5 starts. Celas posted a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 4.29 in 21 innings pitched. He walked 32 batters and struck out just 13 of the 104 he faced during the 2015 season.

Brandon Welch

Brandon Welch

Another pitcher cut was reliever Brandon Welch, who played on the 2014 & 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones.

Welch was drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, FL. He appeared in 1 game during the the 2012 season with the Kingsport Mets and pitched in 6 games during the 2013 season, pitching with both Kingsport and the Gulf Coast Mets.

Welch joined the Brooklyn Cyclones prior to the 2014 season and appeared in 14 games, going 2-2 with an ERA 5.18 in 33 innings pitched.

During the 2014-2015 season, Brandon Welch was suspended 50 games for Violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Welch rejoined the Cyclones more than halfway through the 2015 season, appearing in 6 games and producing an ERA of 6.00 in 9 innings pitched.

Carlos Valdez

Carlos Valdez

The last pitcher cut today was left handed reliever Carlos Valdez, who was with the Cyclones for 3 seasons.

Valdez joined the Mets organization in 2011, spending the 2011 season with the DSL Mets 1 & 2. He moved up to Kingsport for the 2012 season.

He joined the Cyclones in 2013 and went 2-2 in 9 starts with an ERA of 2.58 with 33 strikeouts.

Valdez returned to MCU Park in 2014, going 2-2 with an ERA of 3.99 in 12 games, 6 of them being starts.

Valdez appeared in 7 games for the Savannah Sand Gnats early in 2015, giving up 12 runs in 13 innings pitched for an ERA of 7.62. He was sent back to Brooklyn at the start of the 2015 NYPL season, where we appeared in 24 games. He posted a record of 2-2 with 5 saves, to go along with an ERA of 1.59 in 28.1 innings, striking out 28 batters.

For his Cyclones career, Valdez appeared in 45 games, starting 15. In 112 innings pitched, he posted a record of 6-6 with 5 Saves. He ended with an ERA of 3.70, giving up 46 runs (35 earned), and 91 strikeouts.


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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