Quad Cities Report: The Mizell-Goedert Connection
At the beginning of the season it looked like good friends and teammates second baseman, Aaron Mizell, and third baseman, Connor Goedert, were going to start the season together in Quad Cities together but last minute changes dampened that idea. While Mizell started the season with Quad Cities, Goedert stayed back in extended spring training for the first three weeks. Connor got promoted and made his season debut April 19th. Aaron Mizell, before Goedert came up, was hitting a mere .147 going 5-31 with 13 SO. Would his friend getting promoted and be reunited help him settle down?
Aaron Mizell, a native of Vidalia, Georgia attended Georgia Southern for college where he made All-SoCon Second Team OF, All-SoCon Tournament Team, and Sun Belt Commissioners List. Mizell, having played outfield in college ball, has moved into the infield with Quad Cities having a loaded outfield with Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron playing two of the three positions. He brings a defensive glove in any position he plays and has had a couple of web gems in the outfield and a couple of robbing catches in the infield in which import runs would have scored.
Connor Goedert, a native of Ottawa, Kansas and college attendee of Neosho County Community College, where he played baseball and was honored with First Team All-Region 6, and First Team All-KJCCC. Goedert plays 3B for the Bandits and was promoted when Pat Porter ended up on the DL. He brings a solid bat to the lineup where just in nine games with the team he was a HR with 10 RBI, which already leads the team in RBI. He’s definitely brought a rejuvenation to the lineup with the success he has had since joining the team.
I recently spoke with both Aaron and Connor to talk about their friendship since I have noticed they have started to get rolling recently. They both live in the same host home so I asked them if they give advice to each other and Goedert stated “We give each other tips sometimes, if we see something for example like with our swings.” Going back to Aaron’s production before and after Connor’s arrival, Mizell’s performance along with Goedert’s, has started to improve. Aaron had an inside the park 2 run HR, along with some triples, and Connor hitting a HR and driving in 10 runs. I asked Aaron if they feed off each other and he responded by saying “I would say that we do feed off of each other some. As with all of our teammates, you want to see the other succeed and I think we both really enjoy seeing each other succeed in the game.” Connor and Aaron are glad to be back playing baseball with each other, Great friendships bring great chemistry and that’s a key for the game of baseball on and off the field. You could call it the ole “4-5” connection (second baseman to third baseman).
**Photo Credit: Richard Guill**