Nomar Mazara Excited For Fresh Start With White Sox

"Change can be good for everybody," Mazara says.

Bruce Levine
December 19, 2019 - 8:46 am
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(670 The Score) With the shock of being traded for the first time in his career now behind him, outfielder Nomar Mazara is happy to have a fresh start with the White Sox.

"Change can be good for everybody in this," said Mazara, whom the White Sox acquired from the Rangers on Dec. 10 in exchange for a minor league outfielder.

Mazara, 24, was once viewed as a future star in the Rangers organization, but his development has plateaued. He has never hit more than 20 homers in a season and carries a career .754 OPS.

Mazara hit .268 with 19 homers, 66 RBIs, a .318 on-base percentage and a .786 OPS in 116 games for the Rangers in 2019. He'll be the primary right fielder for the White Sox, and he's a left-handed bat, which the team desired to offset a lineup that was right-handed heavy this past season. Mazara has hit righties well but struggled against lefties in his career, hitting .231 with a .633 OPS.

His goal now is to ascend into the player so many thought he could become.

"I will pray to stay healthy," Mazara said. "If I do a lot of good things, that should happen. You never know when you might become a star. It didn't happen with Texas, but hopefully it will with Chicago. I am ready to take the next step."

Mazara knows one key for himself is to improve defensively.

"I am working hard on my defense," Mazara said. "I am getting better with my routes to the ball. I am getting more and more comfortable out there. I was getting good feedback from the Rangers people. I am working really hard to become a really good outfielder. I will not stop working to get better."

He's also intrigued by the mix of core young talent and established veterans that the White Sox have on their roster.

"I know a lot of people with the White Sox, and I really admire Jose Abreu," Mazara said. "Watching him do what he does every year, putting up all those crazy numbers, including his work ethic and all of that goes with it. I have known Eloy Jimenez for a long time. I am really excited and looking forward to next season. I think a lot of good things are going to happen. I am working really hard on my conditioning and baseball. Hopefully, it's going to be a good season."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.