Final 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. That promising CB is now a nasty pitch in Peterson's arsenal. He remains the RHP with the highest ceiling.

His potential was displayed during the Florida State Playoffs posting a 2-0 record, 0.64 ERA and struck out 19 in 14 innings. Peterson also won a game during the South Atlantic League playoffs in 2002. He has a 3-0 record in post season. Peterson was named the Mets' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Despite missing time with a pinched nerve, Peterson followed up his break out season in 2002 by posting a combined 10-4 record with a 2.18 ERA. Peterson's peripherals were outstanding: 7.3 hits per 9 IP; 3.4 BB per 9 IP; 7.5 K per IP; and allowed 1 HR every 28.8 IP. Peterson struggled with his control when promoted to Binghamton when he issued only 2.6 per 9 IP. The Mets apparently had Peterson focus on working on his CU while a B-Met.


















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*Stats as of 9/7/03.

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 hard, sharp breaking CB which he now effectively changes speeds on. His CU still needs improvement.

Pitching. Peterson should develop a front-end SP with the development of an ability to change speeds with his CB and improved command. He might complement his FB with a cut FB.

Projection. Peterson still projects to be a #1 or #2 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
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
Joselo Diaz 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
Brian Bannister A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Shane Hawk A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Ryan Danly A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Vincent Cordova A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Yusemeiro Petit R - Kingsport Mets
Andrew Sides R - Kingsport Mets
Jose Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Almenar Aristides R - Kingsport Mets
Jose Sanchez R - Tronconero Mets
Javier Perdomo R - Tronconero Mets
German Peguero R - DSL Mets
Heriberto Peralta R - DSL Mets


The Mets have excellent depth to their RHP SP. Peterson, Keppel, Elliott and Petit have the best ceilings. Some others to watch include Mattox, Lindstrom, and Pinango. Peterson has the best ceiling, his fastball rides up and into right-handed hitters, and up and away from left-handed hitters. A cut FB would complement this movement as it moves right to left and the 4-seamer up and left to right.

1. 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.

2. Patrick Strange (RHP) has had a cup of coffee with the Mets in 2003. He remains a good 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. Miguel Pinango (RHP), the strike-throwing machine, had an outstanding season with a 13-6 record. Pinango will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2003.

7. Adam Elliott (RHP) challenges Peterson and Keppel as having the highest ceiling after Kazmir. Elliot will be rule 5 draft eligible after 2005.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Matthew Lindstrom (RHP) has good stuff, but he lacks experience and coaching. His start at Columbia was surprisingly good. Might be holding off shift to bullpen. Lindstrom will be rule 5 draft eligible for the first time after 2004.

12. 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.

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