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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Mauricio Zazueta started in the Yankees system, then made a career in his native Mexico

Mauricio Zazueta's Union Laguna Algadoneros took the 4-1 win over Reynosa in this July 1998 game and Zazueta's work proved the difference, The McAllen Monitor wrote.

Up 1-0, Zazueta stepped to the plate in the third inning with two men on and soon homered to push the score to 4-0 and Union Laguna on to victory, The Monitor wrote.

Zazueta hit that home run nearly a decade into his professional career, with most of that time spent in Mexico. He then continued playing in Mexico until at least 2005 - marking 17 seasons as a pro.

Zazueta's career began in 1989, signed by the Yankees out of his native Mexico.

Zazueta started with the Yankees at single-A Prince William. That May, he came up with a late single to break up a no-hitter. Overall, he saw 30 games and hit .262.

He returned to Prince William at high-A for 1990 and saw 122 games. He tripled and scored in a May game. He then did the same in a July game. He hit .266, with six total triples on the year.

Zazueta then returned home to Mexico. He's recorded as playing 1991 to 1993 with the Mexico City Reds, then six seasons - 1994 to 1999 - with Union Laguna. He's recorded as hitting .301 at Union Laguna in 1999.

He moved to Torreon in 2000, then Monclova from 2001 to 2003. He then played for Mexico and Oaxaca in 2004 to 2005.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,092
Made the Majors:1,356-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,736-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:552
10+ Seasons in the Minors:335-X

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