Scouting Mets Prospect #38: Steven Matz

The New York Mets selected left-handed pitcher Steven Matz in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Ward Melville High School in New York. Immediately succumbing to Tommy John surgery and as of yet to throw his first professional pitch, he still offers some significant upside.

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)

Fastball: Considering his prolonged absence from live games, there is still virtually nothing to by with Matz's velocity other than his reported speed prior to being drafted in 2009. The left-hander – at his best – was clocked around 90 MPH on average and up to 92 MPH with natural tailing action. The still unanswered question is what kind of velocity Matz will have once he finally returns to the mound for a consistent period of time. Given his setbacks, that remains an unknown.

Other Pitches: Matz's top secondary offering is a high-70s curveball. Early reports indicated that he had good arm action and clean finish, leading to good tilt and tight break. Like his fastball, the question will remain as to how effective the pitch will be once he returns to the mound. The curveball can be a difficult pitch to harness coming off Tommy John surgery, especially for a young pitcher. He flashed the early signs of a changeup in his amateur days, but it is fair to say that pitch has yet to get off the ground.

Pitching: By virtue of lack of experience, Matz is in many ways still an amateur when it comes to his style and technique. He will still be reliant upon his fastball when he returns, and use his curveball to set up the fastball. His strong build gives him the look of a southpaw who should be a power pitcher. However, it is difficult to breakdown exactly what he kind of pitcher he will be until he finally logs what has been elusive game action.

Projection: The Mets made Matz their top pick in 2009, thinking that he would one day become front-end option. Multiple setbacks as nevertheless clouded that projection. He will be 21 years old come May, and while that isn't any older than a collegiate pitcher, his lack of professional experience is a very significant hurdle.

ETA: 2015. Barring any more setbacks, Matz should return to game action this spring. Should everything go well from here on out, it's quite possible Matz could move quicker up the ladder. However, his lack of playing time and development makes it difficult to see him reaching New York before spending three seasons on the farm.


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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\nFastball: Considering his prolonged absence from live games, there is still virtually nothing to by with Matz's velocity other than his reported speed prior to being drafted in 2009. The left-hander – at his best – was clocked around 90 MPH on average and up to 92 MPH with natural tailing action. The still unanswered question is what kind of velocity Matz will have once he finally returns to the mound for a consistent period of time. Given his setbacks, that remains an unknown.
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\r\nOther Pitches: Matz's top secondary offering is a high-70s curveball. Early reports indicated that he had good arm action and clean finish, leading to good tilt and tight break. Like his fastball, the question will remain as to how effective the pitch will be once he returns to the mound. The curveball can be a difficult pitch to harness coming off Tommy John surgery, especially for a young pitcher. He flashed the early signs of a changeup in his amateur days, but it is fair to say that pitch has yet to get off the ground.
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\r\nPitching: By virtue of lack of experience, Matz is in many ways still an amateur when it comes to his style and technique. He will still be reliant upon his fastball when he returns, and use his curveball to set up the fastball. His strong build gives him the look of a southpaw who should be a power pitcher. However, it is difficult to breakdown exactly what he kind of pitcher he will be until he finally logs what has been elusive game action.
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\r\nProjection: The Mets made Matz their top pick in 2009, thinking that he would one day become front-end option. Multiple setbacks as nevertheless clouded that projection. He will be 21 years old come May, and while that isn't any older than a collegiate pitcher, his lack of professional experience is a very significant hurdle.
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\r\nETA: 2015. Barring any more setbacks, Matz should return to game action this spring. Should everything go well from here on out, it's quite possible Matz could move quicker up the ladder. However, his lack of playing time and development makes it difficult to see him reaching New York before spending three seasons on the farm.
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