La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins select Lee Mazzilli's son in the ninth round.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: June 5, 2012 - 4:18 PM

The Twins have selected L.J. Mazzilli from UConn. He's the son of former major leaguer Lee Mazzilli. An interesting pick at this stage of the draft because of his hitting ability.

Here's what mlb.com wrote at the end of their report on him:

"Mazzilli's bat will most likely be too much for teams to pass on in the top five rounds of the Draft."

Well, teams did. So we'll have to see how this one turns out. Apparently, he's not a slick fielder at second but can be passable with work.

Here's what BA wrote about him:

The son of former major league player and manager Lee Mazzilli, L.J. has obvious bloodlines to go with his athleticism and offense. He has been a consistent hitter for the Huskies and was batting .325/.392/.557 with nine home runs in 212 at-bats this spring. He stands at a 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and has a good, balanced approach at the plate to go with a direct swing. He can hit to all fields and showed more pop this year, though he will have fringe-average power at best. He profiles best as an offensive-minded second baseman, if he can make the grade defensively. He had 17 errors in 51 games this season, but scouts say he could become passable with development. He tends to sit back on balls, which can cause hops to eat him up and force him to rush throws. His arm is average. He's an average runner and can swipe some bases, but it won't be a big part of his game.

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