Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli suspended 50 Games
On Tuesday, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced that Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive a second time for a drug of abuse.
Mazzilli, the 24-year-old son of former met Lee Mazzilli, will begin his suspension at the start of the 2015 season.
Oct. 14, 2014; Mesa, AZ, USA; New York Mets second basemanL.J. Mazzilli
(16) plays for the Scottsdale Scorpions against the Mesa Solar Sox during an Arizona Fall League game at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Per the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, marijuana, LSD, cocaine, heroin, and MDMA are among the many drugs of defined by Major League Baseball.
It was not disclosed what substance Mazzilli tested positive for.
A first positive test begets a warning. A second positive results in a 50 game suspension. A third positive results in a 100 game suspension.
In a statement Mazzilli said he “couldn’t be more ashamed and sorry.” Father Lee Mazzilli said “We are proud of our son for seeking professional help on his own.”
Mazzilli was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2013 amateur draft. He played his first year of professional baseball in Coney Island for the Brooklyn Cyclones, which is just a hop and a skip from where his father grew up, and where Mets owner Fred Wilpon went to high school.
The second baseman split the 2014 season between Low-A Savannah and High-A Port St. Lucie and was expected to begin the 2015 campaign with Double-A Binghamton. In 131 total games and 505 combined at-bats this past season, Mazzilli slashed .301/.361/.440 with 11 home runs and 79 RBI.
Mazzilli also recently participated in the Arizona Fall League, where he slashed .306/.433/.469 with three doubles, a home run, and seven RBI.
L.J.’s father Lee Mazzilli played at Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. The Mets drafted him in the first round of the 1973 amateur draft with the 14th overall selection. He then went on to become an immensely popular player in Queens.