'Clones Cajun Raging Through First Pro Season

In the middle of a bullpen that at one time consisted of both unusually effective side arm throwers like Tim Haines and Joe Smith and strikeout artists like Grady Hinchman and Jose De La Torre, the phenomenal season of Cyclones reliever Jeremy Mizell has gone completely unnoticed. Leading the team in ERA, Mizell has been the unsung hero of Brooklyn's bullpen this year.

"I been getting a few innings here and there and been trying to do the best I can when they call on me," said Mizell, who the Mets signed as a free agent after he finished his college career at Southeastern Louisiana University. "I'm pretty confident I've been doing my job so far."

Growing up in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Mizell feels the wild atmosphere the area is known for, helped him form his baseball persona, giving him an edge on the competition.

"We have some crazy people down there; I know we have that reputation," said Mizell who amazingly has registered only six walks so far this season. "Growing up, there was always fierce competition and I think it definitely helped mold me into the pitcher you see on the mound."

In addition to having the sandlots of Louisiana play a part in what he brings to the mound every night, Mizell has also incorporated things he's learned from the major leaguers he grew up watching.

"I've always looked up to Roger Clemens because I like his attitude; give me the ball and I'm coming after you with everything I got. Some days he gets beat, it's not very often, but for the most part, he's coming right after hitters and that's the kind of attitude I've always had," said Mizell. "I'm going to come after you with my best stuff and if you beat me, I'll tip my hat to you."

Even though Mizell's competitive attitude has been a blessing in late innings for Brooklyn this season, his ability to throw four pitches [four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, changeup, and curve] for strikes has played an even bigger part in his success. While he thinks he was already a solid pitcher before joining the team, Mizell feels Cyclones pitching coach Hector Berrios has made him even better.

"Hector's great, he's got so much knowledge and he's been around the game so long. He's always been around winning programs; just look at his credentials," said Mizell. "Every year he's always got one of the best pitching staffs in the league and this year is no different."

Obviously downplaying what has been a fantastic rookie season in professional baseball, Mizell isn't the type to gloat about how great his numbers are. Rather, he would shift the focus to the starters and closers that have been so successful for the Cyclones this season, acknowledging that he understands how important his role is on the team.

"It's my role to come into games in late innings and get us out of jams," said Mizell. "I'm just the guy that bridges that gap between the starter and the closer."


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