Q&A with Mets 2nd Round Pick Steven Matz

With their 2nd Round Pick, and their first in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected left-hander Steven Matz out of Ward Melville High School (NY). In this exclusive Q&A with Inside Pitch, Matz talks about his repertoire, his draft process and the personal impact felt by landing with the Mets.

InsidePitchMagazine.com: Congratulations on being the Mets top overall pick in this year's draft. Can you give a little insight about your thoughts when you found out you were selected by the Mets?

Steve Matz: At first, I knew the Mets had a lot of interest in me, but when I saw the pick was getting close I started nervous because I wasn't getting the call. They actually never called and only called after I got picked. I'd heard you usually get the call before but when that I didn't happen, I didn't think I was going to get picked. When I heard my name, it was a huge weight of my shoulders. I was so happy.

Inside Pitch: So leading up to the draft, you were confident that it was going to be the Mets?

Matz: Yea, I was. My advisors told me they had a lot of interest in me and their scouting directors came out a few times to see me during the spring.

Inside Pitch: At this point, do you have a feel for what the Mets organization or the farm system is like?

Matz: A little bit. I know I'll start out in the Gulf Coast League, but otherwise not really.

Inside Pitch: Could you give our readers to clues as to what kind of pitcher you are? What approach do you take? Can you detail your repertoire a little bit?

Matz: I think I have a really young body. I grew like six inches in the past two years so I'm now starting to fill out finally. I think that's why I gained a lot of strength this year and why I've been much more consistent.

I throw a fastball, curveball and the changeup. My fastball usually sits around 88-92 and I usually top 93 or 94. My curveball is just a pitch that I really need to polish up a little bit, get tighter break with it. My curve loops in at times. It's a good pitch against high school (hitters) but I don't know how it'll hold up at the next level so that's something I've got to work on. My changeup is probably my best off-speed pitch.

Inside Pitch: You're local to New York. Were you a Mets fan growing up? What's that mean to you to have the prospects of staying close to home as a big leaguer?

Matz: That's awesome. My grandma and my great-grandma were the biggest Mets fans you'll ever meet. They're not with us anymore, but for me to go to the Mets, my mom's mom couldn't believe that's where I went because she grew up a huge Mets fan, we have huge Mets fans in our family so this was like a dream come true for everyone in my family.

Inside Pitch: So were the Mets your favorite team growing up as well?

Matz: Yea, but I wasn't really a die hard. I picked a few players to follow and I'd watch every team, but if the Mets were playing I was definitely rooting for them, but I wasn't really a die hard.

I'd probably say my favorite player is Johan Santana.

Inside Pitch: What will be the immediate plans for you now that you've been drafted? Is your intention to sign? Or are you keeping your options open and looking at colleges at all?

Matz: Yea, it's still up in the air I guess. I don't know what full story is, but I know my advisors are negotiating and we'll see what happens in the next few weeks and I'll go from there.


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\r\n \r\n\r\nInsidePitchMagazine.com: Congratulations on being the Mets top overall pick in this year's draft. Can you give a little insight about your thoughts when you found out you were selected by the Mets?
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\r\nSteve Matz: At first, I knew the Mets had a lot of interest in me, but when I saw the pick was getting close I started nervous because I wasn't getting the call. They actually never called and only called after I got picked. I'd heard you usually get the call before but when that I didn't happen, I didn't think I was going to get picked. When I heard my name, it was a huge weight of my shoulders. I was so happy.
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\r\nInside Pitch: So leading up to the draft, you were confident that it was going to be the Mets?
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\r\nMatz: Yea, I was. My advisors told me they had a lot of interest in me and their scouting directors came out a few times to see me during the spring.
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\r\nInside Pitch: At this point, do you have a feel for what the Mets organization or the farm system is like?
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\r\nMatz: A little bit. I know I'll start out in the Gulf Coast League, but otherwise not really.
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\r\nInside Pitch: Could you give our readers to clues as to what kind of pitcher you are? What approach do you take? Can you detail your repertoire a little bit?
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\r\nMatz: I think I have a really young body. I grew like six inches in the past two years so I'm now starting to fill out finally. I think that's why I gained a lot of strength this year and why I've been much more consistent.
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\r\nI throw a fastball, curveball and the changeup. My fastball usually sits around 88-92 and I usually top 93 or 94. My curveball is just a pitch that I really need to polish up a little bit, get tighter break with it. My curve loops in at times. It's a good pitch against high school (hitters) but I don't know how it'll hold up at the next level so that's something I've got to work on. My changeup is probably my best off-speed pitch.
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\r\nInside Pitch: You're local to New York. Were you a Mets fan growing up? What's that mean to you to have the prospects of staying close to home as a big leaguer?
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\r\nMatz: That's awesome. My grandma and my great-grandma were the biggest Mets fans you'll ever meet. They're not with us anymore, but for me to go to the Mets, my mom's mom couldn't believe that's where I went because she grew up a huge Mets fan, we have huge Mets fans in our family so this was like a dream come true for everyone in my family.
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\r\nInside Pitch: So were the Mets your favorite team growing up as well?
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\r\nMatz: Yea, but I wasn't really a die hard. I picked a few players to follow and I'd watch every team, but if the Mets were playing I was definitely rooting for them, but I wasn't really a die hard.
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\r\nI'd probably say my favorite player is Johan Santana.
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\r\nInside Pitch: What will be the immediate plans for you now that you've been drafted? Is your intention to sign? Or are you keeping your options open and looking at colleges at all?
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\r\nMatz: Yea, it's still up in the air I guess. I don't know what full story is, but I know my advisors are negotiating and we'll see what happens in the next few weeks and I'll go from there.
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