Mazzilli’s father, Lee, played 14 seasons in the majors, and has enjoyed a coaching career in recent years. Mazzilli said he learned a lot from his father and from being around the game on a daily basis, but the UConn standout is now focused on carving out his own big league legacy.
Mazzilli’s approach has been a patient one. The infielder, who also played in the Cape Cod League, has been tremendous during his three seasons at UConn, leading the Huskies to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. The hard work and success hasn’t gone unnoticed, but despite getting drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round (280th overall) of this year’s MLB draft, Mazzilli will be returning to UConn for his senior season.
NESN.com’s Ricky Doyle recently caught up with LJ Mazzilli to discuss the infielder’s future, what went into his decision-making process and what it was like growing up around baseball as the son of a major league All-Star.
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