Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees Players Who Are Providing Future Hope

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Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees Players Who Are Providing Future Hope

The short season A minor league teams for the New York Mets (Brooklyn Cyclones) and the New York Yankee (Staten Island Yankees) are in full swing, with a number of players providing hope for the future for their respective clubs.

Though it may too early to tell how good they’ll be, here’s a look at a few players who have a shot at making the big club down the line.

Jhalan Jackson

Staten Island Yankees manager Pat Osborn called Jackson one of the best hitters in the New York-Penn League. For good reason. Early on, the former Southern State College outfielder is hitting .281 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 57 at-bats.

Staten island Yankees Jhalan Jackson

Staten island Yankees Jhalan Jackson

Jackson, a seventh round pick in 2015, enjoyed a tremendous day on July 15, going four for five with a RBI against the Cyclones. The only knock on the six-foot-three, 220-pound slugger is he strikes out a little too much, with 21 so far this season.

Matt Blackham

The 22-year-old Blackham may be a bit undersized at 5’11’’ and 150 pounds, but he can throw hard, despite his size, registering 94 MPH on the radar gun against the Yankees Thursday night, with good off-speed stuff to complement his fastball.

Blackham, a reliever last season, fanned a season-high 10 Staten Island batters in a 1-0 loss at MCU Park.

Selected by the Mets in the 29th round of the 2014 Draft, the Tennessee native made 11 relief appearances with the Rookie-level Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League last season and went 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 19 innings.

This year, however, he has transitioned into a starting role, posting a 2-1 record with a .276 ERA in five games.

Andrew Church

Like current Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz, who is currently on the disabled list, the Mets drafted Church in the second round of the draft (2013).

The right-hander out of Henderson, NV, is 8-8 with a 4.65 ERA for his minor league career, but has tossed eight scoreless innings—including five innings in a start, a non-decision against the Yankees—this season.

Church is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA with 0.75 WHIP, but has room to improve and grow, with this season being a big opportunity for him to showcase his talents.



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Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on and

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