The Triple-A stalwart led the International League in ERA (2.03) in 2006 and started 60 high-minor games for the Phils over the past three seasons. The 32-year-old lefthander also spent time in Korea during that span.
Beerleaguer: If you're a longtime Beerleaguer, Mazone is a household name. He was the topic of much debate during that 2006 season when his ERA and record made him almost too good for a pitching-thin Phillies team to ignore. Like R.J. Swindle, who's now a Brewer, I would have liked to see Mazone pitch at Citizens Bank Park just once, but it will have to come at Chavez Ravine. A pitcher of the junkball/deception variety, he went 9-12 in 28 starts (164 2-3 IP) with a 4.10 ERA and 116/36 K/BB last season with Lehigh Valley. In 10 minor league seasons, including stops in the independent leagues, he’s 81-55 with a 3.61 ERA, nearly earning a Major League cup of coffee once in September of ’06 until weather pushed Randy Wolf’s start back to Mazone’s scheduled turn. The Phils took a peek at him in during spring training the following season, but he failed to impress and his contract was soon sold to Korea, an option he had wisely considered once before, I was told. Inked to a minor league deal, Albuquerque, part of the high-octane Pacific Coast League, is a likely destination. That should be interesting.