Today we take a look at another 2015 draft pick for the Mets getting an NRI to major league camp: Patrick Mazeika. Mazeika was drafted in the 8th round out of Stetson University and the 24 year old throws right but bats left.
After spending all of 2015 in Kingsport and 2016 in Columbia, Mazeika split time last year in St. Lucie and Binghamton (but mostly in St. Lucie) where he played in 106 games and 437 Plate Appearances slashing a .290/.389/.416. In his career he has posted a .311/.413/.445 in 998 PAs.
While he has spent most of his time in the lower levels of the minors, whenever a player posts a .413 OBP, they are going to turn heads.
Overall in the minors, his power has slowly improved each season which is going to garner attention for him. The question for Patrick is going to be does the defense improve. If it doesn’t he’ll have to go to first base so his power would have to radically improve in order to be considered a valuable prospect. With Nido in front of him, there is no pressure long term on the Mets to rush Mazeika. It should be interesting watching him in Spring between established players like d’Arnaud, Lobaton, slightly established players like Plawecki and the rising stock in Nido.