PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Although Cory Mazzoni primarily has started throughout his minor-league career, the 2011 second-round pick from NC State will get consideration for the Opening Day roster as a reliever, Terry Collins reiterated Tuesday.
Mazzoni Mazzoni, 24, went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) for Double-A Binghamton last season. His season ended after a July 3 appearance because of a right-knee injury that ultimately resulted in surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
"We're going to take the best guys we've got. If they're close, you may have to lean toward that veteran guy early," Collins said. "But Cory Mazzoni is going to be looked at in this camp, along with Jeff Walters."
Collins continued about Mazzoni: "He's got three 'plus' pitches. He's got a plus fastball. He's got a good slider. And he's got an outstanding split. We saw last year [in the Grapefruit League], the one night he came in he dominated. The next time he couldn't get his split down and they got good swings on him. I know he's been starting in the minor leagues, but he's going to be an interesting guy to look at."