Posted by Mack Ade at 2:30 PM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
# 28 – #23 - RHP Cory Mazzoni - age: 25 – R/R - Round 2 – 2011 – NC State
2011 - NC State last year - 114 Innings, 137 Ks, 29 BB, 91 Hits, 3.30 ER
2011 – 2 teams – 12-G, 1-ST, 1.38, 1.15, 13-IP, 18-K
2012 – 2 teams - 26-starts, 3.93, 1.32, 144.1-IP, 104-K
2013 – B-Mets – 13-G, 12-starts, 4.36, 1.35. 66-IP, 74-K – (On July 13, 2013, Mazzoni was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring)
2014 – 4 teams - 14-starts, 4.68. 1.30, 77-IP, 75-K Mazzoni began the 2014 season on the DL with injuries to his triceps.
Pro career – 4-seasons, 65-games, 53-starts, 4.11, 1.31, 300.1-IP, 271-K
Here were some of the things said on draft day about Mazzoni -
BA - Mazzoni’s fastball was consistently in the low 90s in the early innings, and he peaked as high as 96 mph. His dominance wasn’t all about the heater though. He had all four of his pitches working, with his slider giving the Eagles’ righthanded hitters trouble all afternoon.
#121 on BA's top 200 draft prospects
jimcallisBA Jim Callis - Mets 2nd rd: NC State RHP Cory Mazzoni. Finished strong, very impressive at ACC tourney. Up to 97, hard breaker
Cory Mazzoni has made strides this season, but he still lacks true upside. His fastball lacks movement and ranges from 89 to 93. He throws a workable changeup and a breaking ball that can be good at times. Mazzoni’s delivery is smooth and easy and he uses a 3/4 arm slot. His command has been inconsistent – mlbdraftguide
Outlook – We’ve talked about a lot of the low-end projected Mets prospects starters that need to step up and none need to do this more next season than Mazzoni. The 2nd round pick and a combination of a mid-90s fastball and excellent control and that going to make his a sure fire keep in this team come 2016.
Now, we’ve not even sure we can pull out a decent reliever here.
Everything will make a lot more sense on this team in 2013 if Mazzoni begins to deliver what God and NC State gave him the talent to do.