It was announced Monday that Giants Minor Leaguer Mark Minicozzi was awarded the Harry S Jordan Award. This award is given to any player attending his first big league spring camp with the Giants, voted on by players, coaches and trainers. The difference between Minicozzi and past winners is his age and story. Minicozzi is a 31-year-old infielder, drafted in 2005 by the Giants (17th round as a Shortstop). I’m sure that anyone that has not been following this years Giants Spring Training is wondering why a 31 year is drafted 9 years ago is just making his first Big League camp this year. In 2007 Minicozzi won the California League MVP award, while with the San Jose Giants. That 2007 was essentially the beginning of the end of his Giants career, or so it was thought. Following that MVP season, Mark had wrist surgery to repair an injury that had bothered for some time. Coming into 2008 Minor League Spring Training, the worst thing that could have happened to Minicozzi happened. While playing shortstop near the end of spring, Minicozzi fielded a ball a threw to first base and felt a pop in his elbow. Minicozzi ended up needing Tommy John Surgery to repair the elbow, which took 9 months to rehab. The following spring, Minicozzi was told that he had been released from the Giants. For the next 3 years Minicozzi played independent ball, and even in a Nicaraguan League. Late in 2012, Minicozzi attended a Richmond Squirrels (Giants AA team) to visit some old buddies he had played with before. Minicozzi was invited to take batting practice by Richmond manager, Dave Machemer. After taking some swings in the cage, Minicozzi was signed to a contract and was back with the orginization that his professional career had started with.
During his first Big League camp, Minicozzi started off hot with the bat, but has since cooled off
SFG Productions conducted a “Get to Know’ interview with Minicozzi
Minicozzi shows some opposite field power
More opposite field power from Minicozzi
Minicozzi will not be breaking camp with the big club, will be playing this year in Fresno (AAA).
Congratulations to Mark on not only winning the Harry S. Jordan award, but also on his determination and never give up attitude, definitely the Giants way.