Upper Levels Saturday: Cory Mazzoni Drops a Gem on Altoona

AAA: Buffalo Bisons 7, @ Scranton/WB Yankees 6

All he does is hit homeruns and strikeout. Well that and play a mean centerfield. CF Matt den Dekker: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K. When you combine his strikeout rate (28.8%) and his HR rate (4.5%) in AAA, it runs to 33.3% of his plate appearances. He’s hitting .192/.218/.423 with a .217 BABIP and 32 strikeouts in 24 games.

In case you were concerned, Justin Hampson cleared waivers and is savely back with the Bisons. (Note: savely was originally a typo, but I left it in because Hampson earned a save with a scoreless inning of work Saturday. We’ll call Freudian-typo.)

Manny Acosta continued his dominance of the International League: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Yes, he was terrible as a big leaguer early this year, but in 19.2 innings in AAA, he has 22 strikeouts against one walk.

 

AA: Binghamton Mets 8, @ Altoona Curve (PIT) 2

Cory Mazzoni: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

Numerically, this wasn’t just Mazzoni’s best start in four tries in AA, it beat any of his 12 starts in advanced-A St. Lucie. The 22-year old, who the Mets picked in the second round a year ago, did not have a single seven-inning shutout outing at any level before Saturday.

Unimpressive scouting reports mixed with pedestrian advanced-A numbers had made me resigned to the idea that he was destined for the bullpen and I had him over-ranked at #10 pre-season. And then he does this. So, now, I’m intrigued again.

C Francisco Pena was 1-for-3 with a homer, a walk and a strikeout. The homer was the 22-year old’s second in 11 games in AA and five of his 9 hits have gone for extra-bases as part of a .250/.325/.500 line in 11 games.

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