According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, it’s possible that the team will convert right handed starting pitcher Cory Mazzoni to reliever:
Also was told a while back to watch Cory Mazzoni potentially get converted to reliever this spring training and have a chance to make team.
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) December 16, 2013
Mazzoni, 24, has spent the last two seasons pitching for Double-A Binghamton.
In 12 starts last season, Mazzoni had an ERA of 4.36 and a 1.35 WHIP. In 66 innings pitched, he allowed 70 hits, walked 19, and struck out 74.
Although Mazzoni had an ERA last season of 4.36, his FIP (fielding independent pitching) was 2.72 – indicating that he was a victim of bad luck.
Additionally, Mazzoni’s strikeout per 9 rate was 10.09 – a huge increase from 2012.
With the starting pitching depth the Mets have, and the dollars some free agent relievers are getting in this market, it makes sense to attempt to convert Mazzoni to the pen.
Like most pitchers, a shift to the pen would likely result in Mazzoni’s stuff playing up even better, which could be a tremendous development for both Mazzoni and the Mets.
If the season started today, the Mets would likely form a bullpen with seven of the following pitchers: Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres, Joel Carreno, and Jeff Walters. If Mazzoni is indeed converted to the pen, his name would be added to the mix.