2003 Scouting Report: SP, Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson was the Mets' 2nd round selection in the June 2000 draft. Peterson signed late, and did not pitch in 2000. Matt Peterson pitched with his left shoulder in a harness. As a consequence, Peterson's fastball sat at 85-86 mph until very late in the season when he consistently reached 90-92 mph and touched 95 mph. And, he developed a very promising curve with tight spin.

The promising CB is now on occasion a nasty pitch in Peterson's arsenal. The Mets were among the few teams that continued to follow Peterson and were rewarded when he was available on the 2nd round. He remains the RHP with the highest ceiling in the organization.

Despite posting a 9-10 record, Matthew Peterson had a breakout season in 2002. His ratios support a high ceiling potential: 10.1 K per 9 IP; 7.2 H per 9 IP; 4.0 BB per 9 IP. Only, the walk ratio is of concerned. With the exception of May, Peterson's walk ratio was solid. The Mets wanted Peterson to throw his change up more and to improve his command of his curve. He did improve the command on his CB, but still didn't throw enough CU in 2002. Apparently, the reason Peterson wasn't promoted to St. Lucie in 2002. Another reason was concerns about his maturity.

Peterson missed time due to an apparent pinched nerve in the shoulder/neck area. Thus, he has yet to pitch enough to qualify as the league leader in ERA. Peterson continues to maintain ratios of a high-ceiling pitching prospect at St. Lucie: 7.7 hits per 9 IP; 1.8 BB per 9 IP; 8.7 K per 9 IP. His K/BB ratio of 4.8 is outstanding. Other than getting innings in, Peterson has little to learn at high A.


















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Repertoire. 4-seam fastball (FB), curve ball (CB) and change up (CU).

Fastball. Peterson's FB sits at 92-94 mph and it tops off at 97-98 mph. Peterson may add 1-2 mph to his FB. His FB has excellent movement and he is able to sustain his velocity late into ball games. Peterson's FB rides in on right-handed hitters.

Other Pitches: Peterson has a plus CB and his CU is adequate but needs improvement.

Pitching: To be the projected front-end SP, Peterson needs to continue improvement in his command and CU. He also may need to learn a 4th pitch or learn to change speeds on his CB.

Projection: Peterson still projects to be a #1 or #2 SP. The improved control increases the likelihood that the worst case scenario is to be a closer prospect. But, his ability to sustain his velocity late in games makes him far more valuable as a SP.

ETA: 2005.

Starting Pitchers Team
Jeremy Griffiths AAA - Norfolk Tides
Patrick Strange AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jake Joseph AAA - Norfolk Tides
Phil Seibel AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jason Roach AAA - Norfolk Tides
Bob Keppel AA - Binghamton Mets
David Mattox AA - Binghamton Mets
Joseph Cole AA - Binghamton Mets
Neal Musser AA - Binghamton Mets
Lenny Dinardo AA - Binghamton Mets
Matthew Peterson A- St. Lucie Mets
Kevin Deaton A- St. Lucie Mets
Ross Peeples A- St. Lucie Mets
Wayne Ough A- St. Lucie Mets
Kenneth Chenard A- St. Lucie Mets
Scott Kazmir A - St. Lucie Mets
Yunior Cabrera A - Capital City Bombers
Matthew Lindstrom A - Capital City Bombers
Miguel Pinango A - Capital City Bombers
Adam Elliot A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Tanner Osberg A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Shane Hawk A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ryan Danly A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Greg Ramirez A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Yusemeiro Petit R - Kingsport Mets
Andrew Sides R - Kingsport Mets
Jose Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Almenar Aristides R - Kingsport Mets


Starting pitching remains the deepest part of the Mets farm system. Aside from the great depth, Kazmir, Peterson, Keppel and Elliott posssess the highest ceilings. Wayne Ough and Kenneth Chenard have the best stuff after Kazmir, but both Keppel and Peterson are gaining on them. Ough and Chenard are a bit old for their respective leagues thus aren't rated as highly. Lack of productivity led to Nick Maness beign considered a non-prospect. Jake Joseph and Jason Scobie project better as RP's than SPs, so aren't included in the list below. Ross Peoples has struggled mightily at St. Lucie. Joey Cole is beginning to look more like a long RP/spot SP rather than a #5 SP.

1. Scott Kazmir (LHP) remains the gem of the farm system's deep core of pitching prospects. He's improved his CU and needs to work on his command and build arm strength. Kazmir won't be rule 5 draft eligible until after 2005.

2. Aaron Heilman (RHP) remains ready to lend an arm to the Mets in 2003. The Mets want him to become a bit more consistent especially with his SL. Heilman will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003, but is likely to be on the Mets roster this season.

3. Matthew Peterson (RHP) remains the RHP with the highest ceiling and has been outstanding in 2003 despite a delay due to a minor arm ailment. Peterson will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

4. Patrick Strange (RHP) has had a cup of coffee with the Mets in 2003. He remains a quality prospect, but needs to develop another quality pitch and his spl. FB sits in his back pocket waiting to be reused. Strange's minor surgery to remove a bone spur hasn't slowed him in 2003 at all. Strange is on the 40-man roster.

5. Jeremy Griffiths (RHP) also probably needs another plus pitch to be a quality SP, but his deceptive motion projects him to be a closer as he repeats his arm slot on FB, SL and CU. Griffiths is on the 40-man roster.

6. Bob Keppel (RHP) has good command and an extensive arsenal of pitches. Keppel's best pitch is a 2-seam FB that ranges from 87 mph to 91 mph. His 4-seam FB ranges from 91-95 mph and is his 6th best pitch. He still needs to fill out and maintain the velocity on his fastball. Keppel will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

7. David Mattox's (RHP) 5 pitch repertoire all possess good movement. Since lacks dominant pitches, he'll be as good as his command. Mattox will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

8. Lenny DiNardo (LHP) is finally demonstrating the promise that projected him as a potential first rounder in the 2003 draft. He still needs for his velocity to return to the 90-91 mph range. Great command of CB and CU. DiNardo will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

9. Miguel Pinango (RHP), the strike throwing machine, is having an outstanding season with a 9-0 record. Pinango will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

10. Adam Elliott (RHP) has not pitched yet in 2003 and is likely to begin the season with Brooklyn. He challenges Peterson and Keppel as having the highest ceiling after Kazmir. Elliot will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2005.

11. Neal Musser (LHP} has been healthy in 2003 and has pitched extremely well after being promoted to Binghamton. Musser was rule 5 draft eligible after 2002 and will be again after 2003.

12. Phil Seibel (LHP} has a nice mix of pitches that should make him an effective MLB pitcher. Most likely an end of the rotation SP, but has demonstrated his ability to pitch effectively out of the bullpen. Seibel will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time in 2003.

13. Wayne Ough (RHP) is now in the mix with the improved command and addition of a quality CU. Ough will be rule 5 draft eligible for the second time after 2003.

14. Luz Portabanco (RHP) remains a SP prospect that might change should remain unproductive. He possesses the repertoire to be a front end SP. Portabanco will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time after 2003.

15. Kenneth Chenard (RHP), along with Ough and Nick Maness, possesses the best stuff of any pitchers in the organization. However, he's like Casper the Ghost because he disappears on to the DL much to often. Chenard is rule 5 draft eligible for the third time after 2003.

16. Yunior Cabrera (LHP) who's likely to a RP, but has enough repertoire to start. Cabrera will be rule 5 draft eligible for either his second or third time.

17. Brian Walker (LHP), finally healthy in 2003, should he regain his 90-91 mph FB, then he has enough stuff to be a SP. Otherwise his future as a SP is in doubt. Walker will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time after 2003.

18. Matthew Lindstrom (RHP) has good stuff, but he lacks experience and coaching. His start at Columbia has been surprisingly good. Might be holding off shift to bullpen. The fact that he hasn't allowed a run at Brooklyn is a strong indication that there wasn't good reason to demote him to Brooklyn. Lindstrom will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time after 2004.

19. Jose Gomez (RHP) is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had in 2001. He may never regain the 99 mph FB he had in 2001. In limited action, Gomez FB has been sitting in the 91-93 mph range topping off at 95 mph.

20. In the Venezuelan Summer League, two good second year prospects remained there who are having outstanding seasons. Jose Sanchez posted the following (3-1, 1.72, 37) and K/BB ratio of (43/9). Javier Perdomo posted (2-2, 2.04, 35) and a K/BB ratio of (41/5). Sanchez and Perdomo were signed in 2001; and, therefore, they will be rule 5-draft eligible after the 2005 season.

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