PASQUALE MAZZOCCOLI, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
|Born: March 28, 1992
Height: 6′ 5″
Drafted: 35th Round, 1065th Overall, 2016
How Acquired: Draft
College: Texas State University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Mazzoccoli, who has the best name of the Pirates’ 2016 draft, was the closer in 2016 for Texas State. He can throw 94 MPH from a big 6′ 5″, 200 pound frame. He didn’t have the best numbers, posting a 4.43 ERA in 40.2 innings, with a 48:20 K/BB ratio. The Pirates probably like him for the stuff, and they should like him for the name. As a college senior, Mazzoccoli signed quickly.
Mazzoccoli pitched out of the Bristol bullpen and, like almost all of the pitchers there, he struggled. Opponents batted .319 against him, helped by a very high BABIP of .372. He was scored upon in ten of his 16 outings.
The Pirates sent Mazzoccoli to Morgantown when the New York-Penn League opened play and he took a big step forward. He was throwing in the mid- to upper-90s with a sharp breaking ball and better command. He blew through five relief outings and the Pirates promoted him to West Virginia, where he continued to get great results. He didn’t fan hitters at the same rate as he did at Morgantown, but they batted only .143 against him. A lot of that resulted from an unsustainable BABIP of .175, but the sample sizes with Mazzoccoli are too small to draw a lot of conclusions yet, anyway.
It’s hard to get a read on whether Mazzoccoli could be a legitimate prospect. He was 24 by the time he threw a pitch in pro ball and will open the 2018 season at 26. Hopefully, he’ll start off at Bradenton or possibly even Altoona. If he’s for real, the Pirates will probably push him aggressively.
|2018: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2016
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2019
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2016: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, 1065th overall pick; signed on June 16.|