Nomar Mazara a.k.a.”The Big Chill”
Nomar Mazara, born April 26, 1995 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is major league baseball’s youngest position player. Mazara has loved the game of baseball for as long as he can remember, and when Texas signed him to a $4.95 million bonus in July of 2011, Mazara’s dreams of going big became a reality. Last year, Mazara began the season with Class AA Frisco, which is the Rangers Texas League affiliate. Towards the end of the season, he was promoted to Class AAA Round Rock, which is where he finished his fourth full season in Texas’ organization. Coming into his fifth full season, Baseball America ranked Mazara the game’s 21st-best-prosepect at any position.
This season, the Rangers temporarily promoted Nomar Mazara to replace Shin-Shoo Choo, who would be out for 4-6 weeks due to a calf strain. Little did they know that this 6-4, lefthanded-hitting legend would become the first player in Rangers history to record 12 hits in just his first 7 big league games. Mazara hit his second major league home run in this past Sunday’s game against the White Sox. Not to mention, this Rookie has put up a .356/.404/.533 slash line in 52 plate appearances and, compared to Rangers prospect Joey Gallo, he had more two-strike hits in his first major league game than in Gallo’s first major league season. Mazara’s quality at bats and his stable defense in right field is more than praiseworthy. In addition, his humble and calm attitude about the game amidst his instantaneous fame is admired by baseball fans and dreamers across the globe.
I can’t wait to see what this season has in store for “The Big Chill”!
Greta Galbraith (Group 3)