The New York Mets announced today that they have recalled Chris Mazza from Triple-A prior to tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mazza will join the bullpen for the stretch run as the team looks to sneak into the postseason.
After getting drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 27th round of the 2011 MLB draft, Mazza spent the next seven seasons bouncing around in the minor leagues without getting a shot on a major league roster. That changed earlier this year when the Mets called the right-hander up from Triple-A. Mazza came to the Mets by way of the 2018 Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.
In time spent with the Syracuse Mets and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in 2019, the 30-year-old put together a 3.61 ERA in 99.2 innings, mostly as a starter. He struck out 83 and walked 26 on the season in the minors.
He has not enjoyed the same success as a reliever with the Mets. In various stints at the major league level since making his debut, he’s posted a 7.71 ERA but a much better 3.39 FIP and a 0.1 fWAR in 11.2 innings. He’s struck out eight, walked three and hit three batters. He’s made six appearances for New York and has allowed at least one earned run in each outing.