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Oaks' Mazza joins Minnesota Twins

 

Chris Mazza became the first Menlo College player to be taken in the First-Year Major League Draft in June. On Tuesday, he officially became a member of the Minnesota Twins organization.

Mazza became the first Oaks' player to sign a professional contract. He signed over the weekend and announced it Tuesday.

"It was unbelievable because my dream was finally coming true," said Mazza. "I am now a professional baseball player."

Mazza was 3-4 with nine saves and a 2.73 ERA for the Oaks this season. He led Menlo to the Southern Division championship of the Cascade League, earning the team its first ever trip to the postseason. He struck out 28 in 29 2/3 innings.

Mazza also hit .337 with five home runs and a team-best 41 RBI.

"It's an incredibly special moment for him and the rest of Menlo," Oaks coach Matt Daily said. "It validates all the hard work put in by a remarkable player as well as the coaching staffs who helped along the way."

Mazza is the program's all-time record holder in triples, saves, and is tied for home runs with 19.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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