Zack Mozingo is a 6-0, 190-pound right handed pitcher who hails from LaGrange, N.C. and stars for Goldsboro (N.C.) Eastern Wayne High School on the mound. Perfect Game has him listed in the top 1,000 prospects for the 2012 draft class while Impact Baseball ranks him the No. 19 prospect in North Carolina. Mozingo has also played travel ball for the Dirtbags.
Mozingo got the opportunity to show off in Chapel Hill during a showcase for Impact Baseball where he caught the eyes of UNC's recruiters. “It started towards the end of the summer of my sophomore year,” Mozingo recalled. “The Dirtbags asked me to play with them so I went and played with them towards the end of the fall. I went to the Futures Game in Chapel Hill and that was the first time that they saw me. Coach Forbes just talked to me a little bit about UNC and gave me a card and told me to call him. They just continued to recruit me and my junior year in the summer I talked with them and they offered me and I decided that is where I wanted to be and committed there.”
Why North Carolina?
Mozingo did not have to ponder an offer long after receiving it from the Heels. “Well I have always been a Carolina fan since I was little so it was just always where I wanted to go to school,” Mozingo confessed. “When they offered me I just knew that is where I wanted to be. There was not any doubt once I got the offer. If they offered me and they wanted me than it was not that hard of a decision. I think that the campus is real pretty and I personally love the stadium and I love the set up. I don’t think that there is any stadium that I like better. The facility and the coaches are all just nice and it is a comforting place to be at.”
Mozingo committed to North Carolina over heavy interest from East Carolina, and offers from North Carolina State and UNC-Wilmington.
Mozingo has excellent command of his fastball and secondary pitches. He features a change up and curve in addition to his fastball which has excellent movement and he consistently works it low in the strike zone. His fastball ranges in the low 90s. He pounds the strike zone and is a competitor on the mound.
Mozingo also played first base for Eastern Wayne when he was not pitching.
“Probably one of his strongest traits is his ability to compete,” stated Eastern Wayne head coach Jabo Fulgham. “He does not lose his marbles and he his the type of kid that wants to win. That is what keeps him driven on the mound. He likes to win - that is the bottom line. He is a competitor. He is going to do what it takes to get to that level too. When he started as a freshman it was the only game that we won in the state finals in 2009. He only gave up one hit in ve innings.
“That is his mentality the whole time he is at Eastern Wayne. He waits his turn to go out and pitch and he treasures that opportunity and makes the best of it and does a good job over the plate. Zack is the kind of guy that controls the strike zone and does not have a problem with his command. I think he is going to have to work on his slider once he gets to Carolina but as far as locating his fastball he has always kept it down and his fastball has movement on it.”
The North Carolina coaches have discussed their plans with Mozingo: “They said that they think they could see me as a starter and I would just have to work my way into the rotation,” he said. “They said if I come in and do what I do normally and just keep the faith I should be able to make the rotation but it all depends on once I get there.”
The talented right hander has received some preliminary interest from Major League Baseball front offices heading towards the 2012 MLB Draft. “I have had a couple letters from a couple of teams,” Mozingo stated. “I have not [personally] contacted any of them back but I sent back letters but will call in a couple of weeks to see that they received them.”
Mozingo said he is looking forward to working hard in the classroom and in practice to be able to fulfill his college dreams and expectations. “Mainly I want to do well in school so I that can play and not have any chances to not play because of other reasons,” he said. “I want us to go to the College World Series and win it and win the conference every year. I want to help to be a part of that.”
Mozingo said he is undecided on a future course of study at this point.