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MU alum Mayza done for the year

Former Millersville pitcher Tim Mayza will miss the rest of the season and most of next year due to a UCL tear. Photo courtesy of MU Athletics.

Brian Markley
Associate Sports Editor

Tim Mayza was drafted in the 13th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He would eventually crack the big-league roster for the Blue Jays in 2017, and it marked the first time a Marauder had made it to the big leagues in a long time.

Mayza was having a solid season for the Blue Jays this season, posting a 4.91 ERA over 51.1 innings pitched. In one of the most offensive heavy divisions in baseball, Mayza was one of the few consistent arms that the Blue Jays could rely on.

Mayza made his way into the game on the afternoon of Friday, September 13th against the New York Yankees. Mayza knew something was wrong after delivering a pitch behind Yankees’ short-stop Didi Gregorious. Mayza was forced to leave the game on Friday with the Blue Jays training staff.

The left hander suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his throwing elbow. He will undergo Tommy John surgery in order to repair his injury.

Millersville baseball head coach Jon Shehan took to Twitter to let Mayza know that the Marauders are behind him.

“If you are part of the @VilleMarauders baseball family, you’ve probably met Tim Mayza. He’s the first big leaguer we’ve had at the Ville in a long time and he’s a selfless guy. Last night he tore his UCL and needs TJ surgery. Tim is OUR guy. Say a prayer for him today.” Shehan tweeted. 

2013 was the standout year for Mayza as a Marauder. He posted a mind-boggling 1.55 ERA over 98.2 innings pitched and tallied a ridiculous 91 strikeouts. Mayza went the distance in one third of his 15 appearances and went 11-3 that year. 

Mayza was the first Marauder to participate in the Cape Cod league prior to his standout 2013 season. He entered that season as Baseball America’s number six division II prospect. 

We at the Snapper Sports are praying for a speedy recovery for Tim.