Dogging Vin Mazzaro

Posted By on March 18, 2009 9:42 am

ESPN’s Keith Law did not like what he saw out of Vin Mazzaro on Tuesday. His comments appeared on the Insider’s portion of his blog, but here they are…

Oakland rookie right-hander Vin Mazzaro reportedly has been clocked at up to 96 mph with sink while throwing primarily fastballs, but Tuesday, he worked on off-speed stuff. He was not impressive. His fastball was 90-94 with some sink and life, but his changeup was way too hard at 87-88, and his mid-80s slider had a long, hard, horizontal break that took it well out of the strike zone. Neither pitch was effective at missing bats, which has been a problem for Mazzaro since he signed.

Mazzaro still is an interesting prospect, but there’s no way the stuff and command he brought Tuesday could work in the big leagues right now; I assume he’ll be sent over to minor league camp shortly to continue working on his secondary pitches.

Mazzaro was definitely not as good as he’d been in his other games. It just goes to show there’s a big difference between having big league talent and being able to perform consistently. That’s why they have the minor leagues.


8 Responses to “Dogging Vin Mazzaro”

  1. Jose Jimenez says:


    Does Law comment on Mazzaro on the “insider” portion of his blog?

    For those of us too cheap to spring for ESPN’s insider coverage all we can see is that Arizona’s Max Scherzer lacked control in a spring training game.

  2. Jeff Fletcher says:

    Sorry Jose, I posted them.

  3. Q says:

    The development of secondary pitches is usually what separates a good pitcher in the bigs from a great one. It’s not surprising that Mazzaro isn’t there yet. But I’m sure he will be soon enough. The A’s have good pitching coaches.

  4. Oakland Sí says:

    I still have a hard time believing that the A’s will start one or more of Mazzaro, Anderson and Cahill in the rotation, given their lack of experience at the higher levels of minor league ball.

  5. Jeff Fletcher says:

    I think at least one of them will start. Duke is out. Jerome Williams is out. Outman and Gio Gonzalez each seem unlikely because of the way they are pitching in games (ie, not starting). It’s true they are only a few innings behind, but it just doesn’t seem like the team is prepping them to be in the rotation.

    I’m saying Eveland, Braden, Gallagher, Edgar Gonzalez and Mazzaro/Anderson.

    Check back tomorrow, though, because I change my mind a lot.

  6. ray says:

    these last 2 outings between cahill and mazzaro, showed them working in their breaking pitches and struggled some. since anderson has the more refined and mlb ready breaking stuff, i see him as most ready.

  7. Mike says:

    Congrats Jeff. Glad to see you had a nice landing!

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