#26: Steven Matz Scouting Report

The New York Mets made local product Steven Matz their top pick in the 2009 Draft. Matz, a left-hander with a promising fastball, has yet to see game action due to Tommy John surgery, but his size and budding repertoire has spread excitement across the organization. What steps does the former high schooler need to make? Check out his scouting report.

Vital Statistics
Name: Steven Matz
DOB: May 29, 1991
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Throws: Left
Bats: Right
Status: 2nd Round (2009) - Ward Melville HS (NY)


The New York Mets continue to wait for Steven Matz to throw his first professional pitch. Nearly 18 months since he was the organization's top choice in the 2009 draft, Matz has yet to see game action as a professional. It was not long after the Long Island native's welcoming press conference that he underwent Tommy John surgery, shelving him for more than an entire season.

In the interim, Matz has been spent his time behind the scenes at the St. Lucie complex or working out back home. Either way, the 19-year-old is itching to see his first innings after a fairly quick rehab process that had him scheduled to begin throwing just four months after the procedure.

"It's been a lot of work and a long time coming," Matz said regarding his rehab process. "They said that in some cases you can be throwing again in four months but I'm still happy with my timeline. The team didn't want to rush back in before we were all sure I'll be 100 percent. I feel great now."

There are no statistics by which to measure Matz. He has seen sparse mound time in front of live betters. He participated in the 2009 Instructional League at the organization's complex in the Dominican Republic, but otherwise remains something of an enigma. He hopes to rectify that void upon his anticipated return in early February.

"I feel like it's going to be fresh because of all the new faces that have come in since I was down there (before the 2009 season)," Matz detailed. "I'm looking forward to working with the coaches and showing them what I can do when I'm healthy."

With the ascendance of former top pick Ike Davis to New York and the attention drawn to the Mets' top pick in 2010—7th overall choice Matt Harvey—it was fairly easy for Matz to get lost in the deck. Upon his return though, he will have the chance to fill the need in a crucial spot—a high upside arm at the short-season level where the talent pool is fairly shallow. For now though, Matz will focus on each step as he makes his way all the way back.

"I felt that way," Matz answered to a question about having to prove himself. "I can't really afford to worry about anything else except my game. I think if I go out there healthy and pitch well the rest will take care of itself."


Repertoire: Fastball, Curveball, Changeup

Fastball: As mentioned, there are no game-action reports of Matz so his attributes have all been judged off Instructional League and extended spring training outings. That being said, when he was last on the mound, Matz's fastball sat 88-92 MPH with some natural tailing action. He demonstrated good command with the feel to his locations on both sides of the plate. One big question is how his velocity will sustain coming back from Tommy John surgery. He started his throwing program as of early November and will not be back to full arm strength—at the absolute earliest--until he returns to camp in February.

Other Pitches: Matz's high-70s curveball is his best secondary pitch. He showed good arm action and the movement creates gives the pitch tight spin and good late break. Mechanics of the curveball could be touch-and-go upon his return. He had a tendency of creating looping action when he failed to stay on top of the pitch which keeps it up in the zone. He adds a changeup but it has yet to develop and could take a bit longer as he returns from injury and focuses more on mechanics and command.

Pitching: Not much has changed in his style of pitching considering he missed the entire season. He is still reliant on the fastball and uses his secondary stuff to set up his fastball. Adding strength in his lower half to match his strong upper-body build should help his ability to be more of a power pitcher. The secondary stuff could be spotty for a while as he works his way back, but his fastball velocity and command can carry him for a while.

Projection: It is tough to project a pitcher who has yet to record a professional inning. However, he has the physical build and fastball velocity to remain as a starter until he proves otherwise. The faster the changeup develops, the better his odds of upping his projection in the starting rotation.

ETA: 2015. It is more likely Matz will remain in the complex when the 2011 season gets underway. From there though, how the organization places him could get creative. He projects to be healthy enough to pitch before the short-season leagues commence in mid-June. That could open the door for him beginning the year in Savannah or the organization could remain conservative and have him wait until June. Either way it's difficult to see him breaking through before making an annual march up the ladder.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics
\r\nName: Steven Matz
\r\nDOB: May 29, 1991
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 195
\r\nThrows: Left
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nStatus: 2nd Round (2009) - Ward Melville HS (NY)
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\r\nThe New York Mets continue to wait for Steven Matz to throw his first professional pitch. Nearly 18 months since he was the organization's top choice in the 2009 draft, Matz has yet to see game action as a professional. It was not long after the Long Island native's welcoming press conference that he underwent Tommy John surgery, shelving him for more than an entire season.
\r\n
\r\nIn the interim, Matz has been spent his time behind the scenes at the St. Lucie complex or working out back home. Either way, the 19-year-old is itching to see his first innings after a fairly quick rehab process that had him scheduled to begin throwing just four months after the procedure.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's been a lot of work and a long time coming,\" Matz said regarding his rehab process. \"They said that in some cases you can be throwing again in four months but I'm still happy with my timeline. The team didn't want to rush back in before we were all sure I'll be 100 percent. I feel great now.\"
\r\n
\r\nThere are no statistics by which to measure Matz. He has seen sparse mound time in front of live betters. He participated in the 2009 Instructional League at the organization's complex in the Dominican Republic, but otherwise remains something of an enigma. He hopes to rectify that void upon his anticipated return in early February.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like it's going to be fresh because of all the new faces that have come in since I was down there (before the 2009 season),\" Matz detailed. \"I'm looking forward to working with the coaches and showing them what I can do when I'm healthy.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith the ascendance of former top pick Ike Davis to New York and the attention drawn to the Mets' top pick in 2010—7th overall choice Matt Harvey—it was fairly easy for Matz to get lost in the deck. Upon his return though, he will have the chance to fill the need in a crucial spot—a high upside arm at the short-season level where the talent pool is fairly shallow. For now though, Matz will focus on each step as he makes his way all the way back.
\r\n
\r\n\"I felt that way,\" Matz answered to a question about having to prove himself. \"I can't really afford to worry about anything else except my game. I think if I go out there healthy and pitch well the rest will take care of itself.\"
\r\n
\r\n
\r\nRepertoire: Fastball, Curveball, Changeup
\r\n
\r\nFastball: As mentioned, there are no game-action reports of Matz so his attributes have all been judged off Instructional League and extended spring training outings. That being said, when he was last on the mound, Matz's fastball sat 88-92 MPH with some natural tailing action. He demonstrated good command with the feel to his locations on both sides of the plate. One big question is how his velocity will sustain coming back from Tommy John surgery. He started his throwing program as of early November and will not be back to full arm strength—at the absolute earliest--until he returns to camp in February.
\r\n
\r\nOther Pitches: Matz's high-70s curveball is his best secondary pitch. He showed good arm action and the movement creates gives the pitch tight spin and good late break. Mechanics of the curveball could be touch-and-go upon his return. He had a tendency of creating looping action when he failed to stay on top of the pitch which keeps it up in the zone. He adds a changeup but it has yet to develop and could take a bit longer as he returns from injury and focuses more on mechanics and command.
\r\n
\r\nPitching: Not much has changed in his style of pitching considering he missed the entire season. He is still reliant on the fastball and uses his secondary stuff to set up his fastball. Adding strength in his lower half to match his strong upper-body build should help his ability to be more of a power pitcher. The secondary stuff could be spotty for a while as he works his way back, but his fastball velocity and command can carry him for a while.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: It is tough to project a pitcher who has yet to record a professional inning. However, he has the physical build and fastball velocity to remain as a starter until he proves otherwise. The faster the changeup develops, the better his odds of upping his projection in the starting rotation.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2015. It is more likely Matz will remain in the complex when the 2011 season gets underway. From there though, how the organization places him could get creative. He projects to be healthy enough to pitch before the short-season leagues commence in mid-June. That could open the door for him beginning the year in Savannah or the organization could remain conservative and have him wait until June. Either way it's difficult to see him breaking through before making an annual march up the ladder.
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