After becoming the first ever player in Menlo history to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team, Chris Mazza has taken the next step in his journey of becoming a professional baseball player by signing a major league contract this past weekend. The Clayton, CA native, who was drafted in the 27thround by the Minnesota Twins in early June, made it official that he will enter the Twins minor league system by becoming the first player in Oaks history to sign a professional baseball contract.
"It was unbelievable because my dream was finally coming true," said Mazza on his feelings while dotting the "I's" and crossing the "T's". "I am now a professional baseball player." Chris, who had already established himself as one of the greatest Oaks in the program's history, put himself on another level with this latest accomplishment, a moment that is shared by all in the Menlo family. "It's an incredibly special moment for him and the rest of Menlo," commented Oaks baseball Manager Matt Daily. "It validates all the hard work put in by a remarkable player as well as the coaching staff who helped along the way."
The superior honor also says a lot about the direction of the Menlo baseball program, which has made incredible strides over the last three seasons, an era that Mazza was proud to be a part of. "It shows that Menlo is moving up in the baseball world and is finally on the map," claimed the Oaks shortstop and closer. "I will miss all the hard work and cherish the friendships I made that will last a life time." This sentiment was further echoed by Menlo skipper Matt Daily who was quoted as saying, "It's a bright and special time to be an Oak, and hopefully this opens the door to get equally talented players who can develop as a student, player, and person here at Menlo."
Mazza will put a cap on his three year career with the Oaks, compiling a resume that is second to none. Chris is the program's all-time record holder in triples, saves, and is tied for home runs with an astounding 19. During the 2011 campaign, Mazza helped lead the Oaks to their first ever Conference Title with an impressive team leading .337 batting average, five home runs, and 41 RBIs while accumulating equally imposing stats on the mound, with a team low 2.37 ERA and nine saves.
"It was an honor and a privilege to see Chris grow and develop during his three years as an Oak," remarked Menlo Athletic Director Keith Spataro. "He made the program proud and I wish him the best of luck going forward in his professional baseball career."