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Two-Week Turnaround: Patriots Pitcher Vin Mazzaro Signs with Cincinnati Reds

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The contract of Somerset Patriots' pitcher Vin Mazzaro, who has been with the team less than two weeks,  has been purchased by the Cincinnati Reds organization. He will report directly to Triple-A Louisville.

Mazzaro a right-hander, becomes the sixth Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization since the Atlantic League season began April 21.

Left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich and Logan Darnell both went to the Los Angeles Dodgers, right-handed pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Ryan Kelly joined the Seattle Mariners and southpaw Aaron Laffey went to the Arizona Diamondback. All five were assigned to Triple-A.

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Mazzaro, then a free agent, was signed and activated by the Patriots on May 9.

Mazzaro appeared in three games with Somerset (two starts), tossing six scoreless innings with six strikeouts and just one hit. Additionally, Mazzaro did not allow a baserunner over his last two starts (five innings pitched).

Mazzaro was in his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League. He has eight seasons of Major League service for the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants. He pitched in two games for the Giants last season and has appeared in the Majors in each of the last eight seasons, dating back to 2009.

The Hackensack, NJ native’s best season in the big leagues came in 2013 with the Pirates, when he went 8-2 over 57 relief appearances with a 2.87 ERA and one save in 73.2 innings of work. Mazzaro has compiled a 24-23 record, 4.79 ERA and 233 strikeouts over 383 innings pitched in 140 games (45 started) at the Major League level.

The 2005 third-round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics out of Rutherford High School spent most of the 2016 season at the Triple-A level and finished with a 2-2 record, a 3.22 ERA and 43 strikeouts over 67 innings in 38 games pitched.

Entering his 12th season in professional baseball this year, 11 of which were in Triple-A, Mazzaro held a minor league career record of 59-40 with a 3.76 ERA and 704 strikeouts over 383 innings pitched in 243 games (130 as a starter).

 

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