Everyone in the Phillies organization refers to reliever Mike Zagurski as ‘Mini-Me.’ Not that this is meant to be flattering, as the 2005 12th-round pick’s body–thick through the middle like a barrel–reminds assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle of his current frame.
“We kid him about it, but the bottom line is this kid gets the job done,” Arbuckle said. “He’s got pretty good stuff.”
First, Zagurski got it done this season at high Class A Clearwater, going 0-0, 1.10 with a 30-4 strikeout-walk ratio in 16 innings and picking up five saves for the Threshers. The 24-year-old lefthander was called up to Double-A Reading over the weekend and continued to deal out of the bullpen, allowing a run over his first three innings.
Zagurski’s fastball sits in the low 90s and he complements it with a power mid-80s slider and average changeup.
“He made that move and he’s pitched well,” Phillies farm director Steve Noworyta said of the 6-foot, 225-pound lefty. “Up here (in Reading) he’s been 91-93 (mph) with good shape and tilt to his slider and he’s got a potential to have a major league average changeup.”
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