Now Commenting On:

Mazzoni standing out from pack of Minor Leaguers


JUPITER, Fla. -- It is often difficult to stand out from the pack this early in spring, with dozens of Minor Leaguers clogging up the box scores, but Cory Mazzoni has managed to do it.

The 23-year-old right-hander added three perfect innings to his resume on Tuesday against the Marlins, increasing his total of shutout innings to five over two Grapefruit League appearances. Working on perfecting his changeup this spring, Mazzoni has struck out three and allowed one hit without walking a batter.

"He's been everything I've heard about him," manager Terry Collins said. "I was certainly anxious to see him. He's been very impressive."

Mazzoni cultivated his reputation as a strike-thrower last year at Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, fanning nearly three times as many batters as he walked. Though he does not possess the same type of electric stuff as some of the more-hyped arms in the organization, his three-pitch mix has resulted in a 3.72 ERA over the first two years of his Minor League career.

The Mets' second-round Draft pick in 2011, Mazzoni should reach Triple-A Las Vegas early this summer if he does not begin the season there. A strong Spring Training can only help speed him along that track.

"Right now I've just been trying to throw strikes and pound the zone, and I've been able to do that," Mazzoni said. "The results have been pretty good."

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español