July 6, 2016 at 3:27 am #27164
Mike is now playing for the Batavia Muckdogs in the Short A League. In limited action so far, Mike is doing well. His reputation must precede him because in 13 plate appearances he has walked 6 times.July 6, 2016 at 5:44 am #27166
He was on Batavia in the NY-Penn League for a few weeks, playing sparingly, but was sent down to the rookie Gulf Coast League on June 28th. He is getting more playing time there – hitting .250 with a .333 OBA. He will have to hit better than that in the GCL to be viewed as a prospect.July 9, 2016 at 3:13 am #27185
Mike must read this board. He is now up to .304 with a .407 OBP. The season is still young however.July 18, 2016 at 12:31 am #27227
Mike performed well enough in the Gulf Coast Rookie league that they re-promoted him to the Batavia Mud Dogs (Short A). After a slow start earlier this season, he now has his average up to .294July 18, 2016 at 1:08 am #27229
Thanks TMH. The man can hit.July 27, 2016 at 2:31 am #27302
Unfortunately, Mike is having trouble putting the bat on the ball. After struggling with K’s in the Cape Cod league, it appeared he started his pro career with a different approach and walked 10 times in his first 10 games compared to just 8 K’s. Since then (33 AB’s in 10 games) he has K’d 13 times to just one walk.July 27, 2016 at 4:21 am #27303
Unfortunately, Mike is having trouble putting the bat on the ball. After struggling with K’s in the Cape Cod league, it appeared he started his pro career with a different approach and walked 10 times in his first 10 games compared to just 8 K’s. Since then (33 AB’s in 10 games) he has K’d 13 times to just one walk.
There is a huge difference in the pitching between the Gulf Coast League, where he did well, and the NY-Penn League, where he is now. In the GCL, the majority of pitchers just graduated from HS or are unpolished pitchers who just moved to the States from the DSL. A few are recent draftees from Juco’s. In contrast, most of the pitchers in the NYPL are either players who were recently drafted after completing 3-5 years of college or else players drafted out of HS a few years ago who have been good enough to advance. In general, NYP pitchers are a couple of years older, and much more experienced, than the legitimate prospects in the GCL.
Although Garzillo has struck out 12 times in 27 official AB’s since returning to the NYPL, it’s a good sign that he is still getting regular AB’s. It also was a good sign that he wasn’t left to play in obscurity in the GCL as an over-age player. Batavia’s team batting average is .209 btw, so it won’t take much for him to look good compared to a number of his teammates.July 28, 2016 at 12:12 am #27305
On a related baseball note … A’s demoted catcher Matt McBride, 31, Tuesday to Nashville after hitting .231 w/big league club.June 22, 2017 at 6:01 am #31438
I noticed that Mike Garzillo is back with the Batavia Muckdogs for another season.
2 for 4 with a BB and RBI in his first game back.
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