Mets 2015 Draft: 8th Round Pick (#239) Patrick Mazeika | Astromets Mind

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mets 2015 Draft: 8th Round Pick (#239) Patrick Mazeika

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Patrick Mazeika

LHB, C, 21, Stetson

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Patrick Mazeika is a 2012 C with a 6-2 180 lb. frame from Wilbraham, MA who attends Salisbury School. Lean angular build, plenty of room to fill out, young look. Low flexible set receiving, good hands, gets rid of the ball quickly, can improve footwork on throws, 1.93 best pop time. High hands hitting, strides in hard, off balance hitting, short hand path to the ball, some hand quickness, spray line drive contact, will improve with more strength at the plate. Very good student. ~6/16/2011
Patrick Mazeika is a 2012 C/P/OF with a 6'2'', 180 lb. frame from Wilbraham, MA who attends Salisbury School. Tall athletic build, well-proportioned, good raw power at the plate, centers the ball well, quick hands, can turn a pitch around with ease, ball jumps off the bat, solid hitting fundamentals, quick transfer and release behind the plate, raw arm strength, threw out several runners during a game, commands the game, 3/4 arm slot on the mound, short clean arm action, armside run on fastball, good feel for 11 to 5 curveball, downhill plane, good run on change-up, strong student. ~8/9/2009

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Run: 40/45
Arm: 50/55
AVG: 50/60
Power: 45/55
Fielding: 45/55

From Fangraphs
Catcher Patrick Mazeika is the only sophomore to appear among the league’s top hitters this season — and not just among them, actually, but at the very top of that list of top hitters. Despite hitting just .207 due to an uncommonly low BABIP, Mazeika exhibited an otherwise excellent hitting approach — the sort, for example, which earned him a place among Baseball America’s Freshman All-America Team last year and allowed him to lead Stetson in hitting each of the last two seasons. Regarding his fielding, there’s little information available publicly, although the fact that he played considerable amounts of first base might be the most concise comment about his defensive future.
 From Crawford Boxes
At 6'3" tall and 220 pounds, Mazeika is far from a lock to stay behind the plate as a professional. But that size does help him in at least one area: In 2015, he was hit by seventeen pitches. That - combined with a walk rate just under 13%, helped him get on base a ton, and he hit for just enough power to put together a cool .924 OPS at Stetson. His on-base skills are enhanced by his ability to avoid strikeouts (6.27%).

He was given a positive rating (+.116) for his framing per this chart from Christopher Long

Video from 2011

Cage from 2011

Cage from 2013

Highlights from 2011

Video from 2012

Video from 2014

Homerun from April, 2015

Video from 2015

Amazin' Avenue

Astro reaction

Sounds like a hitter who will need work behind the plate, but the Mets appear confident teaching players to catch: Eric Campbell has drawn a lot of attention for spending some time there in Spring Training, as preparation for future emergency situations; Kevin Plawecki has gone from a question mark to a solid reputation back there; Tomas Nido has developed into a nice defensive catcher; they converted Brandon Brosher to catcher; they drafted Tyler Moore last year even though there were questions about his ability to stick at catcher, and he's been splitting time there with Nido. Not inspired by a low BABIP or a HBP-boosted OBP, but the Fangraphs piece likes his offense, and the bar is lower if he can stick at catcher. The Mets catching depth appears a little light behind Kevin Plawecki, so I was hoping they'd get someone early, although I'm not sure how deep the position was for this years draft. Perhaps he can be a left-handed version of Plawecki, a high OBP/low K hitter who surprises some by improving behind the plate.

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