After a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, L.J. Mazzilli is back on the field and making quick progress.
The 24-year-old was moved up to Double-A Binghamton on Saturday after playing just five games with the organization’s Single-A St. Lucie Mets.
He was batting just .227 with five hits, two doubles, one homerun and two RBIs. Mazzilli’s homer came in his second at-bat since coming back from suspension.
In Mazzilli’s first game in Double-A, he was 0-2 with a walk.
Through 37 innings between St. Lucie and Binghamton, Mazzilli has been extremely reliable at second with no errors.
He played in the Arizona Fall League this past fall with the Scottsdale Scorpions where he hit .306/ .433/ .469.
Throughout his minor league career, Mazzilli has earned a great .291 batting average and 17 homeruns. He doesn’t hit much for power, but he does get on base (.351 OBP) and when he’s on base he can be effective.
Mazzilli has 17 stolen bases throughout his professional career and was only caught four times. Fourteen of those steals were last season where he spent time with three different teams.
He split the 2014 season between two A-Ball teams and when those leagues ended he played one game with Triple-A Las Vegas where he went 1-for-5.
The son of former met Lee Mazzilli was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Connecticut.
Since his freshman year of college, Mazzilli has continued to show improvement each year.
He has a good arm and good range at second base, but his fluidity could use more work.
Offensively, Mazzilli could be an asset to the Mets, especially because of his low strikeout rate and ability to rack up extra base hits.
Last season, he had 29 doubles and four homers in 250 at bats.
His odds of making the major leagues are high due to his ability to do a little bit of everything.