Cards Add Minor League Reliever Wilson Matos

The St. Louis Cardinals sign a Dominican reliever to compete for a job with Quad Cities.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed twice-released right-handed reliever Wilson Matos to a minor league contract for the 2011 season, reports Farm Director John Vuch.

"Matos was recently signed following a workout in the Dominican Republic," Vuch said. "He showed very good arm strength and a nice breaking pitch."

The 22-year-old should know his way around the Cardinals' Jupiter, Florida complex this spring as he is a veteran of the Florida Marlins system, the co-resident of the Roger Dean Stadium facility.

Matos inked his first professional contract with the Fish in May 2006 at the age of 18. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder competed in the Dominican Summer League both that summer and again in 2007. Matos stepped up to the Gulf Coast League in 2008 and the New York-Penn League in 2009.

At the conclusion of spring training camp last March, Matos was released by the Marlins. Catching on with the Boston Red Sox system last season, the native of Azua in the Dominican Republic was returned to the NYPL for a second summer. He was released by Boston last month.

Overall, in 98 career games, all but one in relief, Matos has a 3.40 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 151 innings. He has demonstrated a continuing problem with walks however, having issued 85, with no marked improvement with age and experience. had the following to say about Matos. As one might expect, considerable finishing is required.

"Classic example of a thrower not a pitcher. Solid strikeout rates, questionable control. 3/4 slinging motion. Tends to fall off the mound to the left on follow-through, needs to improve balance. Matos' fastball sits at 93-94 mph and tops out at 96 mph, and tails away from righties. Relies almost exclusively on his fastball."

The Cardinals are adding Matos to the mix in an already-crowded pitching scrum for roster spots on a full season club.

"Matos will compete this spring for a bullpen spot at Quad Cities," Vuch explained.

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