Nomar Mazara

Position: OF
Born: 4/26/1995
Height: 6'4
Weight: 195
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) July 2, 2011 (TEX).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Hit a combined .296 between Frisco (Double-A) and Round Rock (Triple-A) with 14 HRs, 69 RBIs and 26 doubles.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Round Rock April 10 when OF Shin-Soo Choo went on the DL.
MLB Debut Date: 4/10/2016

Debut Details
April 10, in a 3-1 loss to the Angels. The starting right fielder, he batted second and went 3-for-4, collecting hits in his first three at-bats including a home run to right field in the fifth inning off Jered Weaver. In his first at-bat in the first inning, he singled to center field and in his second, in the third inning, he singled to right.

Player Notes
In his big league debut, Mazara showed no rookie nerves whatsoever, continuing to wield the hot bat with which he’d begun the ’16 season with. When recalled to the bigs, he’d been hitting .500 (6-for-12) in three games at Round Rock with four runs scored and a solo HR. Signed for a $5 million bonus as a 16-year-old in 2011, Mazara has “all the tools” except speed, with his strong arm being especially notable. In 2014, he combined between Hickory (Class A) and a jump up to Frisco to bat .271 with 22 HRs, 89 RBIs and 28 doubles. And in case you were wondering, no, he was not named after Nomar Garciaparra. Garciaparra, whose given name is Anthony Nomar Garciaparra, received his then-unusual moniker because his parents wanted an anagram of the name of his father, Ramon. But Mazara was born in April 1995 while Garciaparra did not make his major league debut until August 1996. (Of course, it’s possible that Mazara’s parents were big minor league baseball fans like we are here!)

2080 Notes
Mazara was ranked No. 5 in 2080 Baseball’s Top 125 Preseason Rankings and our C.J. Wittmann had this to say about him: “Mazara has the best bat in the minor leagues, and his continued improvement could project to a .300/25+ HR talent at a corner outfield spot in the big leagues for years to come – potentially reaching all-star level performance.” In addition, be sure to check out the 2015 interview with Mazara from 2080 contributor Michael Tepid who covers the Rangers for the SB Nation blog Lonestarball here.