The Keepers - #31 - SS - Rylan Sandoval

31. SS Rylan Sandoval

3-2-10 from: - goldenbaseball. . The Mets signed shortstop Rylan Sandoval to a contract. Ryan hopes to take the path of Scott Richmond and Sergio Romo, who were also signed out of the Arizona Winter League and made their respective major league rosters. He had originally been drafted by the Mets in the 30th round in 2007 but chose to go to Long Beach State instead. While playing for Chabot College as a freshman he was voted the California Junior College player of the year.

7-5 from Pete Spiewak/Mack’s Mets: - Rylan Sandoval hit early and often Monday night, leading the Brooklyn Cyclones to a 4-2 victory over the Jamestown Jammers, with three hits and three RBI, including a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the ninth. The shortstop’s heroics helped the Cyclones bounce back after they blew a 10-run lead to the Jammers yesterday. Sandoval led off the game with a home run, his second of the season, giving lefty Angel Cuan a 1-0 lead to work with before stepping onto the mound. But the Jammers would battle back in the bottom of the fourth, as Sequoyah Stonecipher had a RBI triple which was followed by a Wilfredo Gimenez RBI single, to give Jamestown the 2-1 lead. But Sandoval would strike again, driving home Will Cherry with a single in the fifth, tying the game. That would be the last run scored before Sandoval gave Brooklyn the lead in the ninth. The Cyclones added an insurance run when Kurt Steinhauer scored on a wild pitch later in the inning

8-7 from: - http://www.brooklyncyclones.com/news/topstories/index.html?article_id=929  - Sandoval ranks third in the league in home runs (9), hits (58), and total bases (97). He ranks fourth in slugging percentage (.551), and runs scored (34), fifth in extra-base hits (21), and seventh with a .330 average (58-for-176). Sandoval -- a 22-year-old native of Castroville, CA -- was signed as a non-drafted free agent in February of 2010, after working out for Wally Backman at a showcase in Yuma, Arizona.

Sept 2010 from: - http://www.nyfuturestars.com/userblurb.php?item=2026  - Was a 30th round pick in 2007 and came out of nowhere to have a huge year in Brooklyn, hitting .330/.404/.546. With him just turning 23 years old, skepticism and the scrutiny will be very high with him, but with the depth chart at 2nd base being pretty poor overall, he’s someone to at least keep an eye on for next season.

9-27-10 from: - http://www.amazinavenue.com/2010/9/27/1704156/minor-league-season-in-review-brooklyn-cyclones  - Quite a season for a 2009 non-drafted free agent. Sandoval was one of the top offensive players in the NYPL in the first half of the summer as the Cyclones shortstop and leadoff hitter. Unfortunately for Sandoval, he was hit with a pitch just before the ASG (and two days before his birthday) and missed the rest of the year with a broken wrist. Had he qualified, his numbers would have put him in the top three in average, slugging and OPS and even with the injury he finished fourth in homers and again, that's from a shortstop. Now there's a reason he went undrafted; his tools don't blow anyone away (he's 5'10" and not very fast) and defensively he needs some work (he made eight errors in under fifty games). More so than Vaughn, Sandoval may well be a case of an older player (turned 23 in August) taking advantage of greener competition so he won't find his way onto many prospect rankings, but his power is for real and there's no lack of effort in this kid.


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