Cory Mazzoni: When I look at Mazzoni’s minor league stats… nothing jumps out to me. He has average stuff and gets average results. I watched him this Spring and was left with a different impression. In short, Mazzoni has made it to #12 on my rankings based largely on scouting potential and a few innings of spring training.
Scouting: At 6’1” 190 Lbs Mazzoni is SLIGHTLY under sized for a starter. (But I’m 5’10” so who am I to judge)
Fastball: Mazzoni’s fastball falls into the mid-90s and he has a good grip on his command over the pitch. He supposedly peaks out around 97 MPH. The pitch is deemed “Flat” but if he can increase the natural sink a little it’s a clear PLUS pitch.
Secondary Pitches: The only noted offering besides the heater is a curveball which has good movement… 60% of the time. He has a good separation in MPH from fastball to curveball so even when the Curve is flat he gets people out in front of the pitch.
ETA: Mazzoni is back in AA which surprised some. He will need to get more success from secondary offerings in a hurry or he’s destined to be converted into a reliever… which might happen anyway.
Mets Top 20 Prospects:
12. Cory Mazzoni, RHP (AA) [2014 Back-End Depth OR Middle Reliever]
13. Kevin Plawecki, C (Full Season A) [2016 Catching Depth]
14. Hansel Robles, RHP (Full Season A) [2016 Rotation Battle]
15. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP (Full Season A) [2016 Rotation Battle]
16. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B (A+) [2016 1B or DH]
17. Jack Leathersich, LHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen… 2015 Closer?]
18. Cory Vaughn, OF (AA) [AAAA]
19. Jacob deGrom, RHP (AA) [2014 Bullpen]
20. Steven Matz, LHP (Full Season A) [2016 Bullpen]