The Mets have made another round of cuts today and in the process released former NYPL All Star Michael Bernal from the organization.
Bernal signed with the Mets during the winter of 2009-2010. He spent the 2010 & 2011 seasons with the Dominican Summer League Mets. He moved up to Kingsport in 2012 and spent the 2013 there as well.
Bernal was promoted to Brooklyn in 2014 where he had his best season. Bernal hit .240 with 8 doubles, 4 triples and 6 homers to go along with 36 RBIs in 71 games played. However, Bernal struck out 95 times in 257 plate appearances.
For his preformance, Bernal was named to the 2014 New York Penn League All Star Game, which was played in MCU Park. In the 1-1 tie, Bernal struck out in his 1 at bat.
Bernal returned to Brooklyn for the 2015 season.In 43 games, Bernal hit .257 with 39 hits, 26 runs scored, 18 RBIs, 18 walks, 12 doubles, 3 triples and 3 homers. He limited his strikeouts to 45 in 174 plate appearances.
Bernal’s time in Brooklyn came to an end in late August, as he was suffering from a thumb strain.
In 114 games played for Brooklyn, Bernal hit .247 with 95 hits, 55 runs scored, 20 doubles, 7 triples, 8 homers and 35 walks.
Bernal will go down as the Brooklyn Cyclones all time leader in strikeouts, as he was punched out 140 times, breaking a record of 121 that was by Blake Whealy, who appeared in 114 games for Brooklyn during 2002 & 2003.
The Mets also released Yeixon Ruiz, who spent the 2015 season with the St. Lucie & Binghamton Mets.
Ruiz did not play for the Brooklyn Cyclones, however Tom Gamboa said in an interview with Gary McDonald that Ruiz was supposed to play in Brooklyn in 2014, but got promoted to Savannah before the start of the 2014 season.
Earlier today, the New Jersey Jackals of the CanAm League announced they signed him for the 2016 season.
Fans who would like to see him play can take NJ Transit’s Montclair – Boonton Line to Montclair State University and walk over to Yogi Berra Stadium to see them play.