Binghamton Rumble Ponies catcher Patrick Mazeika was named at the catcher to MLB Pipeline‘s Team of the Week for the week ending May 13th. As MLB Pipeline noted, Mazeika earned the nod with yet another impressive performance:
After an 0-for-4 performance to begin his week, Mazeika, 24, delivered at least one hit and one RBI in each of his next four games, highlighted by a pair of multihit performances. He homered in three of those contests, including in back-to-back games on May 8 and May 10, as he upped his season total to six home runs over 26 games in the Eastern League. Among Top 30 catching prospects, Mazeika finished second in all three triple-slash categories, as well as in total bases (16) and RBIs.
The power is a big step forward from Mazeika. While we have seen stretches like this from him in the past, they have mostly come while he was playing extended time at first base. Now, he is hitting homers while playing behind the plate.
To put it in perspective, his three homers in the past week were the amount of homers he hit in 2016, and they were roughly half of the homers he hit all of last year. His six homers this year is just one fewer than he had all of last year.
This is all part of an impressive performance he has put together since Tomas Nido was called to the majors after Travis d’Arnaud was sent to the disabled list. With the Nido call-up, he became Binghamton’s starting catcher, and in the ensuing 22 games, he has hit .284/.383/.543 with three doubles, six homers, and 17 RBI.
Those numbers include the aforementioned incredible week where he was 7-19 with three homers and seven RBI.