Tyler Mizenko | RHP, 23 yo, 6-1, 200 | 2011 Draft – 28 | (A) 48 G, 25 SV, 52.1 IP, 2.75 ERA, 7.7 H/9, 4.1 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Six years after the Giants grabbed Sergio Romo with a 28th round pick (2005), they drafted Mizenko in the 28th round out of Winthrop in 2011. Mizenko was a starter his junior year after spending his first two seasons as the team’s closer. The Giants returned him to the pen, and he’s been closing games ever since. It said something about the organization’s belief in him that he was assigned the 9th inning job for an Augusta team loaded with high-octane relief arms this year. He may not have the prototypical 6-foot-4 frame of a power pitcher, but he does run his fastball into the mid-90’s with sink. He didn’t allow an ER until late May, but looked to tire a bit down the stretch in 2013 (second half ERA of 5+). Still, he’s a guy worth keeping an eye on, and could be a great story if he makes it.
They said it: “Mizenko had some of the best movement on the staff, throwing a hard sinker that touched mid-90s and induced tons of ground balls. He paired it with a solid slider that got swinging strikes. He has a future late-inning role in the upper levels…” ~ David Lee, Augusta Chronicle