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Record-setting outfielder Chad Mozingo returned to the Boomers for the 2013 season after agreeing to terms on April 2.
Mozingo, 24, was an absolute steal for Manager Jamie Bennett and the Boomers after being selected in the third and final round of the 2012 Frontier League Tryout Camp Draft. Following two years as a member of the Washington Nationals organization after being selected in the 20th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Mozingo was a free agent looking for work and attended the Frontier League’s annual Tryout Camp looking to find a job.
The 5-foot-11 outfielder did more than find a job with Schaumburg in 2012 as Mozingo set a number of franchise records during the club’s inaugural season and became the only member of the Boomers selected to both the mid-season and post-season all star teams. The Rice University product led the Boomers in batting average (.313), runs scored (69), doubles (22), triples (7), stolen bases (23), slugging percentage (.530), on base percentage (.385) and OPS (915). Mozingo also finished among the league leaders in the Frontier League in a number of statistical categories in 2012: fourth in batting average, sixth in runs scored, second in triples and sixth in slugging percentage.
Mozingo is the only member of the Boomers with a five-hit performance after going 5-6 with four runs scored and four RBI on August 19. Less than a week later, Mozingo became the only Boomer to hit three doubles in the same game after a 4-6 showing against Rockford on August 25. Mozingo also led Schaumburg with 23 two-out runs batted in and holds the second-longest hitting streak in franchise history, which lasted 14 games.
The Nationals originally selected the left-handed hitter in the 20th Round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Draft. Mozingo opened his professional career in the New York-Penn League with the Vermont Lake Monsters, playing 60 games and posting a .253 batting average with seven doubles, three triples, 17 RBIs, and seven stolen bases. In 2011, Mozingo appeared in 20 games in the Gulf Coast League with the Nationals rookie affiliate and posted a .262 average before signing with the Boomers in 2012.
Mozingo hit over .300 in three seasons at Rice University before being drafted. The Texas native made an immediate impact, earning All-NCAA Houston Regional honors as a freshman for a team that reached the College World Series. Mozingo started 58 games as a freshman and earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors as a sophomore before hitting a career best .322 as a junior. Mozingo stole 28 bases in three years including 14 in 2010, when the right fielder hit out of the leadoff slot and recorded 10 outfield assists.