Add another success story to the mix!
Former Waynesboro General Patrick Mazeika (2013) made his major league debut last night for the New York Mets!
According to Cespedes Family BBQ’s twitter account, Mazeika is the 19,979th player to make his debut in all of major league history. On a smaller scale, he is the second Valley Leaguer to make his debut this year (joining Cody Wilson), and 233rd in Valley League history.
From Stetson, Mazeika was drafted by the Mets in the 8th round in 2015. He’s hit quite well in his five minor league seasons, as he has a career .278/.371/.424 slashline in 1,546 at-bats. He’s added 104 doubles, 40 home runs, 246 RBIs, and a very solid 188/248 BB/K ratio. He wasn’t an unknown, as his name popped up on prospect lists a few times, reaching a height of 18th in the Mets’ system according to Baseball America in 2018. He was called up once before, but heartbreakingly did not appear in a game before he was sent back to the minors. This time, Mazeika grounded out as a pinch hitter in the second inning of the second game of New York’s doubleheader last night.
Back in 2013 for the Generals, Mazeika hit .382/.552/.566 in 76 at-bats, with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, 18 RBIs, a 15/14 BB/K ratio, and an almost-unbelievable 14 hit-by-pitches. He was second on that team in runs created (behind Tyler Bocock), even though he was about 10th on the team in plate appearances.