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Joseph Salvatore Mazzuca
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.
- School Northern Illinois University
Joe Mazzuca has played in the minor leagues and in Italy.
Mazzuca hit .357, stole 20 bases and slugged .587 in 2003 for Northern Illinois University. The Florida Marlins took him in the 12th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Joe hit .321/.449/.446 in 20 games for the GCL Marlins and .167/.241/.292 in 16 for the Jamestown Jammers. In 2004, Mazzuca batted .207/.350/.379 for the Greensboro Bats, playing 67 games. he stole 14 bases in 18 tries, clubbed 7 homers in 198 AB and drew 30 walks but his speed, power and patience couldn't compensate for his low average and poor defense (.822 fielding percentage at third base, his primary position). He also pitched one scoreless inning.
Mazzuca was let go by Florida and caught on in Italy, playing in Serie A2. In 2006, he made it to Serie A1, hitting .257/.333/.395 for De Angelis Rimorchi Godo while fielding .894 at shortstop. He played for Italy in the 2006 World University Championship. In 2007, Joe batted .289/.380/.422 for Godo and was 9 for 12 in steal attempts.
Joe was 3 for 9 with 2 triples and 3 walks in the 2007 European Championship as a utility man for Italy. He was a backup infielder for them in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, going 1 for 5; he subbed for Jack Santora at short, Davide Dallospedale at second and Giuseppe Mazzanti at first.
Moving to Bologna in 2008, Mazzuca produced at a .310/.413/.437 rate as the club's main second sacker. He stole 10 bases in 13 tries. He was 2 for 12 in the Matino phase of the 2009 European Cup. He was 4 for 8 with two runs, two steals, a walk and a RBI in the final phase of the Cup, leading in average.