Mets’ Minor League Pitcher Steven Matz Earns His Way into Prospect Watch Talk

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Mets’ Minor League Pitcher Steven Matz Earns His Way into Prospect Watch Talk

It’s no secret that the New York Mets have a ton of young arms at the major league level and in their minor league system. Names such as 2014 Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, hard throwing righty Zach Wheeler, top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, and on-the-mend Matt Harvey give the Met fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the 2015 season.

While all the aforementioned hurlers are righties, New York has one lefty down on the farm that is climbing the ranks, and impressing: Steven Matz.

A 2009 first draft pick of the Mets, Matz underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010. After a lengthy recovery process, he made his professional debut in 2012, when he went 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in six games for Rookie League Kingsport.

Matz has continued to put up solid numbers since then, going 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 106.1 innings of work for full season A Savannah in 2013.

New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

Steven Matz throws under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dan Warthen.

But it was last year that the Long Island native fashioned himself into a viable future option for New York, posting a 10-9 record with 2.25 ERA across two levels (High A and AA).

Matz’s fantastic 2014 campaign helped him earn the number eight spot on MLB Pipeline’s Top Ten LHP list. He’s also holds the number nine prospect slot in the Mets’ system.

His loose, easy delivery allows him to throw his fastball in the mid-90s and he mixes in a quality changeup and curveball, according to MLB Pipeline. It allowed the 23-year-old to fan 130 batters in 140 innings last year.

Matz should start 2015 with Triple A Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League, where weather conditions favor hitters. But many baseball insiders believe he possess a decent major league ready curve ball, which should help him fare well in the PCL.

Who knows? We could see him at Citi Field sometime this summer, if the stars align just right for Matz. Let’s just be happy the Mets have another viable arm waiting in the wings.

 

 

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Jerry Del Priore is a veteran freelance sports writer from Brooklyn, New York, who covers a variety of professional, college and high school sports for a number of print and digital publications. In addition, Del Priore is the author of Running Through Roadblocks: Inspirational Stories of Twenty Courageous Athletic Warriors, available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

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