Thursday, January 31, 2008

Stars of the Future

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few days, you've heard that the Mets may acquire two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from the Twins.

What you probably don't know is that Santana, like several other big-league stars, is an alum of the New York-Penn League -- the same league in which the Cyclones play. In 1997 and 1998, Santana played for the Auburn Doubledays -- then a Houston Astros' affiliate. Santana pitched in just one game for Auburn in 1997, but made 15 starts in '98, going 7-5 with a 4.36 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 86.2 innings. Statistics that easily could be overlooked.

It just goes to show you that when we say you're watching baseball's stars of tomorrow, we mean it! At any point, you could be watching the major leagues' next big thing...even if he doesn't quite look it yet.

Part of the fun is taking guesses at who that player might be, and trying to find the next jewel of the minor leagues. Who's next? Who knows? But I know that if you're at a Cyclones game, you have a chance to see them first!

-- Dave

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