Top 41: #31 – LJ Mazzilli & #32 – Jared King

As a pair, Mazzillia and King make sense. They had nice debuts in Brooklyn and will start 2014 in a-ball. Their projections top them out as average big leaguers. They don’t strike out too much and walk a bit.


#31 – 2B LJ Mazzilli

Mazzilli DefenseBats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight: 6’0/185 lbs
Acquired: 4th rd ’13 (UConn)
Born:  9/6/1990
2013 Rank: NA | Stats
Why Ranked Here: Draft position, pedigree, a little bit of offense and an up-the-middle position. He’s limited to the right side of the diamond so he is unlikely to hold onto an MLB utility role.  There is no margin for error, injury or non-performance, here at his age. He has to hit his way out of Savannah and into St. Lucie this season, for example.
2013: Mazzilli signed quickly and went right to Brooklyn where he hit .278/.329/.381 at age 22. Oddly, he hit all four of his homers in August. Here’s some video on him right around Brooklyn’s Opening Day.
Dr. Pangloss Says: MLB second baseman.
Debbie Downer Says: Upper minors second baseman
Projected 2014 Start:  Savannah
MLB Arrival: 2016/2017

Recent Stats

2013 NYP702737612242253.278.329.381

2013 NYP6.


#32 – OF Jared King

Bats/Throws: Switch/Left
Height/Weight:  5’11/210 lbs
Acquired: 5th rd (Kansas State)
Born: 10/12/91 (Dublin, OH)
2013 Rank: NA | Stats
Why Ranked Here: He’s a good athlete with contact ability and a little pop in his bat. He has a short, compact swing, which is a good thing. After a short load, his hands go right to the ball. He’ll have to add more in-game power, by focusing on getting full extension at contact and using his legs to drive his hips forward more aggressively, to profile as a starter in leftfield. Here’s a little video on him from 2013.   

He should be fine in a corner and could play center in a pinch. He hops over den Dekker and Vaughn below him on the list because he has the potential to be a more well-rounded player.

Without more homers, King does not fit in a corner, and he lands as a tweener, 4th/5th outfielder.
2013:  He played mostly leftfield (61 games) and just a handful in center for the Cyclones (4). He missed 10 days in August with a rib cage injury and hit just .224/.337/.303 in 22 games in the month. I think he’s a better hitter than that as evidence by his .305/.393/.411 line in July.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Everyday leftfielder
Debbie Downer Says: Everyday minor league outfielder
Projected 2014 Start:  The expansive Savannah outfield
MLB Arrival: 2016/2017

Recent Stats

2013 NYP632225915013549.266.365.347

2013 NYP6.118.613.30.4.330.081
Daniel Wexler
Daniel Wexler

Most of the "experts" liked King, I did read he was viewed as "stiff" and more of a #4 OF but that's still not a bad outcome. Mazzilli in Savannah likely means an "unearned" promotion for Evans... I guess Cecchini/Mazz and Evans/Herrera?