2. Nomar Mazara
Nomar Mazara’s an odd bird who’s yet to reach his potential at any stop, despite putting up superficially impressive numbers as a very young slugger in Texas.
You likely remember Mazara from being extremely annoying, slugging 20 homers a year from age 21-23 before coming up woefully short in 2019 at age 24 with only 19 bombs.
In a way, he’s very similar to previous Yankees acquisition Rougned Odor. Your perception of his skills does not quite match reality, though there’s potentially some room for growth there — after all, who among us hasn’t enjoyed Odor’s bat-flipping contributions?
Since 2019, the world hasn’t been kind to the lefty-swinging outfielder (OK, fine, the jig is up, that’s why he’s on the list in the first place). He went to Chicago for the shortened season and hit just a single homer in 42 games for the White Sox, then ended up in Detroit as a reclamation project this year, but has yet to reclaim much of anything in the season’s first few months. Though his 73 OPS+ stands out as especially woeful this season in a year without offense across the board, you’ll be surprised to know he’s never played a full season as an above-average bat. His highest OPS+ still sits at 96, a mark he’s matched twice.
In essence, we’re asking you to watch him this series to see if there’s anything you like that would differentiate him from the LaMarres and Delino DeShields of the world. He’ll be very available.