A 2015 draft pick, Mazeika is an older guy who has been raking, and is from the same college as Jacob deGrom: Stetson University. Mazeika is questionable at catcher right now, but has been seemingly excellent as a hitter, especially in terms of being very disciplined.
L/R, 6’3″ 210 lbs, 10/14/1993 (23), Drafted in the 8th round in 2015 out of Stetson University, Signed for $125,000
An excellent hitter out of college, Mazeika sported a career a .348 batting average at Stetson University, and his final season walked (33) twice as much as he struck out (16). While his first two seasons he hit for a higher average, (.382 and .354), Mazeika hit more homers in his draft year (7) than he did in his first two (3 and 2).
Putting that hit tool on display got Mazeika the eighth round pick for the 2015 draft. The Mets put Mazeika in Kingsport, and he put that excellent hit tool on display, beating up on the advanced rookie league, hitting 27 doubles and 5 homers and a .354/.451/.540 triple slash in 62 games. He continued his disciplined ways as well with 24 walks and 26 strikeouts.
The next year, Mazeika did not start on time because of an elbow injury, and began his season on May 18th. He proceeded to play 70 games, while hitting .305/.414/.402 with 14 doubles and 3 homers.
Mazeika has a nice stroke, with the ability to just hit. He has been able to hit for average, and a bit of gap power, resulting in 41 doubles in 132 games. He probably won’t hit for much over the fence power, probably not more than 10 homers. It’s just a flat-plane stroke that will hit hard line drives all over the field. His best feature is the inability to strike out, and the ability to take a walk, to the point that he has a 62/65 walk to strikeout ratio in his first two seasons.
As a catcher, it’s a little murky. Mazeika’s a bit tall for a catcher at 6’3″. As a larger catcher, he’s had mobility issues while behind the plate, but that seem to be improving slightly. His arm is pretty much average, but has a quick release behind the plate. Some people aren’t sure how well he’s going to do behind the plate, but he’s made improvements as he’s been in the system. If he proves he can’t be a catcher in the long run, it will be hard to justify him for any other position aside from First Base, since he is a well below-average runner.
If he can’t stick at catcher, he’ll become a high-average, low-power first baseman, which will hurt his overall profile. If he does stick at catcher, he’s got some upside. Either way, he’s going to go to High-A St. Lucie this year.
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