Mazzilli Coming Back

Infielder LJ Mazzilli is returning for his senior season with the Connecticut baseball team. Drafted in the ninth round by the Minnesota Twins in June, Mazzilli gave the news to UConn coach Jim Penders on Friday.

Mazzilli confirmed his decision Saturday in a tweet to UConnPlaybook.com. "Can't wait," Mazzilli wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this month, Penders said he expected Mazzilli to sign with the Twins, but his return to UConn will be a big plus for a young Huskies team that will be craving experience. Mazzilli had expected to be drafted much higher. The Twins took him with the 280th pick. Reportedly he was the only Minnesota selection from the top 10 rounds who didn't sign.

"He's a better player than where he was drafted," Penders told the Hartford Courant, "and he wants to prove that. He can do that with us."

Mazzilli, who played second base last season for the Huskies, has a .338 average in three seasons for the Huskies. He hit .339 with nine homers and 38 RBI this past season.

Former UConn pitcher Scott Oberg, drafted by the Rockies, is with the Grand Junction Rockies in the Rookie Pioneer League. Oberg is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six relief appearances. Starting pitcher David Fischer is with the Nationals' farm team in Auburn, N.Y. In five games with the Doubledays he is 1-1 with a 4.80 ERA.

Fischer pitched four no-hit innings against the Lowell Spinners in a 10-1 New York-Penn League appearance on July 5.


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