Another member of the Mazzilli family will be joining the Yankees organization.
On Tuesday morning, the team announced that they have acquired L.J. Mazzilli from the New York Mets.
Mazzilli is the son of former Yankee player and coach Lee Mazzilli. L.J. is following in Lee’s professional footsteps, as they both players began their professional careers with the Mets before they were acquired by the Yankees.
The Mazzilli family is well-represented within the organization. Currently, Lee works in the front office, while L.J.’s sister, Lacey Mazzilli, works as part of the Yankees On-Demand team.
Over 528 career games in the Minor Leagues, the 27-year-old has posted a slash line of .268/.339/.379. Versatility is a strength for Mazzilli, who has played both second base and right field during his time in professional baseball.
In exchange for Mazzilli, the Yankees have agreed to send outfielder Kendall Coleman to the Mets.
Coleman was selected in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. In five seasons between Rookie and Low-A ball, the 22-year-old has posted a slash line of .207/.309/.301. Coleman has experience at all three outfielder positions, but has predominantly played left field during his time in the Yankees’ minor league system.
As of now, the Yankees have not announced where Mazzilli will be placed. However, it is very likely that the 27-year-old will be assigned to either Double-A or Triple-A.