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Player of the Week - Jordan Abruzzo rules the plate

This past week catcher Jordan Abruzzo was by far the “Player of the Week” for the Brooklyn Cyclones. In his eight games since being sent to Brooklyn to play with the Cyclones, Abruzzo is batting a solid .321, with nine hits in 28 at bats including two doubles, a home run and four RBI’s.

Actually Abruzzo, who was selected by the New York Mets out of the University of San Diego in the 13th round of the 2007 draft, played for the Cyclones briefly in 2007 before a sprained right knee ended his season. In his four games with the Cyclones in 2007 Abruzzo went four for 16 and appeared to have earned the starting catcher position until his unfortunate injury curtailed his season.

During spring training this season, Abruzzo looked very sharp and was assigned to Savannah in the Sally League to start the 2008 campaign. While in Savannah, Abruzzo picked up right where he left off in 2007. In 54 games he batted .300 with 61 hits in 203 at bats with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 30 RBI’s.

For his terrific start Abruzzo was named to the Sally League All Star team and shortly thereafter he was promoted to Port St Lucie in the Florida State League. At Port St. Lucie, he batted .303 with 20 hits in 66 at bats with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI’s.

While at Port St.Lucie, Abruzzo displayed poise, confidence and a take-charge attitude behind the plate. After watching Abruzzo in action, the New York Mets hierarchy felt that he would be a perfect fit for the young arms that they are trying to develop in Brooklyn and sent him back to Cyclones. In his eight games since rejoining the Cyclones Abruzzo has become a team leader and appears on the verge of stardom.

While Abruzzo was not all that thrilled with being sent down to Brooklyn after starting the season at a higher level, he understands that it doesn’t really matter where you play as long as you produce.

“My job is to do the best I can no matter where I am,” said Abruzzo. “I understand they want to win in Brooklyn, but that’s the same attitude everyone has no matter where you play. At this level it’s not only about putting up numbers but showing someone that you can play the game.”

He continued: “I know I can play and I just hope to continue what I have been doing since coming back to Brooklyn. Last year with the injury I had I didn’t get a chance to show the Mets organization what I can do, but now that I’m healthy I want to open some eyes and show that I can play this game.”

So far Abruzzo looks to be the real thing. He has excelled in his two previous stops this year and there is no reason to believe that Abruzzo won’t do the same for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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