Darin Mastroianni is close to becoming a household name among Toronto baseball fans. This season, in 132 regular season games with the Double A level New Hampshire Fishercats, Mastroianni has proven himself to be a solid prospect by posting full season career highs in batting average (.301), homeruns (7), runs (101) and OPS (.788).
A leader on defense and on offense, Mastroianni has helped New Hampshire reach the Eastern League playoffs. New Hampshire began their first round series on the road in Trenton, NJ on Wednesday, and came out on the wrong side of a pitchers duel, losing 2-0. In game 2 on Thursday, Mastroianni stroked a grounder that should have given the Fishercats the lead in the 12th inning of a scoreless contest, but he was mistakenly called out on the close play. Instead, the game went to the bottom of the frame, still tied, and Trenton walked off when Thunder designated hitter Rene Rivera slugged a homer.
The Fishercats won 16 of 23 regular season meetings with the Thunder, but now trail their arch rival 2 games to none in the best of 5 series that continues in New Hampshire on Friday night.
I had the opportunity to speak with Darin, prior to game 1 of the Eastern League Division Series, about his improvements this season, his teammates, the rivalry with Trenton and more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.
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