2001 Scouting Report: Pitcher, Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson was the Mets' 2nd round selection in the June 2000 draft. Peterson signed in mid-August 2000 which was too late to participate in games at Kingsport. At the time of the draft, Peterson was variously considered raw or polished. Peterson pitched hurt in his senior year and many teams stop following him. The Mets were one of the few teams that did. Most teams remember him for a mid-80s fastball, but Peterson consistently reached 90-93 range late in his senior season.

He touched 95 mph a few times as well.

A couple of poor starts late in the season substantially inflated his ERA - he had one of those 9 earned runs in less than 2 innings performances that does wonders to the ERA. Considering that Peterson did not pitch in 2000, a start at Columbia was surprising. Peterson and Chenard are probably consistently the hardest throwers in the Mets system, but Peterson is projected to add 3-5 mph to his fastball. So Peterson should be the hardest thrower in the Mets farm system in 2002.










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*Stats as of 9/4/01.

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

Fastball. Petersons FB sits at 90-93 mph, but he can reach 95-96 mph. He's expected to add another 3-5 mph to his fastball.

Other pitches: Peterson has a CB with great promise and a workable CU.

Pitching: Peterson is a bit raw and is just learning how to pitch.

Projection: Peterson should be a #1 or #2 type starter.

ETA: N/A. It's too early to assess how long it might take Matthew Peterson to develop.

Right-Handed Starting Pitchers Team
Jae Weong Seo AAA - Norfolk Tides
Nick Maness AA - Binghamton Mets
Patrick Strange AA - Binghamton Mets
Aaron Heilman A - St. Lucie Mets
Josh Reynolds A - St. Lucie Mets
Jeremy Griffiths A - St. Lucie Mets
Kenneth Chenard A - St. Lucie Mets
Bob Keppel A - Capital City Bombers
Jason Weintraub A - Brooklyn Cyclones


1. With the depth of pitching, the Mets are likely to select it's future right-handers from some mix of Seo, Heilman, Peterson, Strange, Keppel and Chenard.

2. The Mets may eventually add Matthew Gahan to the potential starters list. Lopez still has some projection left which could place him into a potential #2 starter although a #3 or #4 type starter is more likely for Lopez.

3. The Mets failed to sign Trevor Hutchinson - a highly regarded pitcher from the University of California at Berkeley. The Mets also have a draft and follow pitcher in Josh Deel who potentially has a huge upside.

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