East Setauket, NY native Steven Matz began the 2015 season at St. Lucie, where he was winless in 2 starts. After one brief appearance at Binghamton where he went 1-0 in his 2 games there, Matz appeared in 15 games for Las Vegas, going 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA to go along with 94 strikeouts. Matz was called up and made his Major League debut on June 28, 2015 against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2009 second round pick of the Mets gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 6 in 7.2 innings. After pitching 6 shutout innings against the Dodgers on July 5, Matz went on the DL on July 10 with a partially torn left lat muscle. Matz did not return until September 6, and proceeded to go 2-0 in 4 starts during the Mets’ playoff push. Matz went 0-1 in 3 playoff starts, giving up 6 earned runs, while striking out 13.
Since Matz just made his major league debut in 2015, he is currently under team control until 2019, when he can become arbitration-eligible. He is not eligible for free agency until 2021.
Matz comes into the 2016 already with post-season experience. Matz is slotted in as the fourth starter, behind deGrom, Harvey, and Syndergaard. After pitching over 150 innings last season between the minors, majors and including the postseason, Matz could be on pace for more than that this season. However, Terry Collins has mentioned that he plans on using a 6-man rotation throughout the season to conserve the innings on the young pitching staff. I would figure that 10-12 wins from Matz would be a reasonable expectation this year. Because of Matz’ limited innings in 2015, he retains his rookie status in 2016, and is an early contender for Rookie Of The Year consideration.
Tradeable or Untradeable?
No player on any team can be considered “untradeable” as long as the right offer comes along. However, I cannot see a situation where the Mets would trade one of their starters this season. Add in the return of Zack Wheeler at midseason, and the Mets have the best 5-man rotation in the league. Also, given that Matz is under team control until 2021, it does not make sense to make him available for trade this season