Mar 24, 2016

New York Mets Minor League Infielder: LJ Mazzilli (2013-2015)

Lee Louis Mazzilli Jr. was born September 6th, 1990 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He has a twin sister Lacey, as well as a second sister. As a child his mother Dani would toss baseballs at him in the yard while Dad, Lee was still involved in his MLB career.

The six foot one, right hand hitting infielder; Mazzilli Jr. attended Greenwich High school but found that the baseball program was secondary to lacrosse & football. He then transferred to Iona College in New Rochelle & eventually yo IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida in senior year.

He then attended the University of Connecticut playing at second base for the Huskies. He was offered a contract by the Minnesota Twins as a ninth round pick in his freshman year. He declined the offer & by his senior year he signed as a fourth round pick with the New York Mets. That year he hit .354 with 29 stolen bases & 52 RBIs for the UConn Huskies.

In 2013 there was some fan fare as Lee joined the Mets organization playing for the A ball Brooklyn Cyclones. Brooklyn being the original home town of his Dad, made it a great thrill for the Mazzilli family. Mazzilli made the New York Penn. League All Star game, batting .278 with 12 doubles 4 HRs & 34 RBIs in 70 games on the season. 

In 2014 he was promoted to A ball Savannah batting .292 with 7 HRs 45 RBIs in 66 games for the sand gnats. He was promoted to A ball+ St. Lucie where he batted .312 with 4 HRs 34 RBIs in 64 games. He closed out the year with a game at AAA Las Vegas going 1-5 in the PCL playoffs.

Unfortunately in the off season, he tested positive for what MLB said was a drug  of abuse. Young Mazzilli apologized to the fans in a statement released by the Mets. 

"Unfortunately in life, you cannot go back on a bad decision that was made, and in my case, one that I very much regret. After everything my loved ones, supporters and the N.Y. Mets have given me, especially an opportunity to chase my childhood dream, I couldn't be more ashamed and sorry."

"I am fully ready to own up to my mistake and accept the repercussions from Major League Baseball. I have learned the hard way that nothing in this life is as important as being a good representative of yourself, your legacy, your family, and contributing positively to society. I am ready to move forward positively in my life and in my career."

He will be banned from 50 games as a suspension.

He returned to play five games at A Ball St. Lucie, then moved on to AA Binghamton where in 86 games he hit .263 with 0 HRs & 23 RBIs. He played winter ball in the Arizona Fall League & hopes to regain momentum in his career in 2016.

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