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darin mastroianni, 2013 topps mini #528, twins

Player: Mastroianni, Darin

Card: 2013 Topps Mini #528

Position: OF

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"I think it's the same of when I was here in Spring Training, and the same as it was in the Minor Leagues," Mastroianni said of his role with the club. "It was to get on base, play good defense and help the team win. That's kind of what it has been all through the Minor Leagues, and I don't expect it to change much here." - By Gregor Chisholm on MLB.com (08/24/11, 'Blue Jays recall Mastroianni from Minors', Source)

Darin Paul Mastroianni (born August 26, 1985) is a former professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins.

Mastroianni was born in Mount Kisco, New York and attended Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York and then Winthrop University and University of Southern Indiana. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2007 MLB amateur draft.

Mastroianni hit .404 as a college junior in 2007 and set school records for steals (58) and hits (91). He was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and led NCAA Division II in steals per game (.9). He became the second All-American in school history, after Kevin Brown, picked by the American Baseball Coaches Association as the first-team second baseman. The Toronto Blue Jays took him in the 16th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Darin hit .287/.391/.409 in his pro debut with the Auburn Doubledays with 50 runs and 20 steals (in 30 tries) in 68 games to help his club win the New York-Penn League title. He slumped to .228/.302/.311 for the 2008 Lansing Lugnuts but was an amazing 30-for-31 in steal attempts.

In 2009, Mastroianni split time between the Dunedin Blue Jays (.325/.426/.390 in 61 G, 55 R, 32 SB in 39 tries) and New Hampshire Fisher Cats (.271/.372/.340 in 70 G, 39 R, 38 SB in 46 tries). Overall, the fleet-footed player led the Blue Jays chain with 94 runs, 76 walks, 70 steals and a .398 OBP. In his first season as a full-time outfielder after moving from second base, he registered 17 assists. Baseball America rated him as having the best strike-zone judgment in the Florida State League. He tied Eric Farris for third in the minors in swipes behind only Anthony Gose and Dee Gordon.

Back with New Hampshire in 2010, Mastroianni hit .301/.390/.398 with 101 runs, 77 walks and 46 steals in 56 tries in 132 games. He also fielded .990 in center. Since retiring, Darin has worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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