Tuesday morning the New York Yankees announced that they have completed a trade with their cross-town rival New York Mets, acquiring infielder/outfielder L.J. Mazzilli in exchange for outfielder Kendall Coleman.
LJ Mazzilli, 27, has been with the Mets since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Connecticut. His father, Lee Mazzilli was a special instructor for the Yankees during spring training.
Once named the 23rd best prospect in the Mets system by Baseball America, Mazzilli owns a career slash line of 268/.339/.379 over 528 games with 105 doubles, 15 triples, and 26 home runs while driving in 222 runs.
He comes to a Yankees organization that has been hit hard by injuries in the upper levels. Currently, 11 out of 40 players on the 40-man roster are currently on the disabled list, including eight players on the MLB DL and another three on the DL in the minors.
Mazzilli has split the 2016 and 2017 seasons between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas before starting this season on the roster of the Las Vegas 51’s in the Pacific Coast League. He has only four games under his belt in 2018 and has two hits, one double and one RBI.
Coleman, 22, was drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Rockwall, Texas. In five seasons with the Yankees, he hit .207/.309/.301 in 231 games. Coleman is known a toolsy player that has not been able to put it all together yet due to injuries. But in spring training he has shown great potential after tweaking his swing mechanics and was recently promoted to the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees for believing in me and giving the chance to live out my dream of playing Major League Baseball,” Coleman said in a statement posted to his Instagram account, “I’ve met countless of incredible people from NYY staff members to teammates – too many to name in fact. I have made lifelong bonds and long-lasting memories since being drafted in 2013 and I want to thank every one of you all for being apart of that.”