The Mets unloaded Cory Mazzoni late in spring training, netting LOOGY Alex Torres from San Diego in return. Mazzoni, the former Pack Friday night starter, had a solid but injury-plagued tenure in the Amazings' minor leagues, posting a 24-12 record with an ERA a shade above four in four seasons spent mostly as a starter.
The Padres converted him to a reliever, and now the righty with a heavy mid 90s fastball is a major leaguer. Mazzoni got the call Sunday after a short start by a San Diego starter left the Padre bullpen shorthanded. He did not get into Sunday's game, a 3-1 win over Los Angeles.
Mazzoni was off to a dominant start in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League, allowing just one run in 8.1 innings. He's surrendered just three hits and a walk while striking out 13.
With Mazzoni's promotion, the last three Friday night starters from NC State—the others being Jake Buchanan and Carlos Rodon—have all made The Show. Mazzoni made a team-high 16 starts in 2011, his last season in the red and white. He went 6-6 with a 3.30 ERA and struck out 137 in 114.2 innings while issuing just 29 bases on balls. Mazzoni was the Mets' second round pick in 2011.