Phillies Prospect #39: Miguel Matos

The Phillies are continuing to stress developing international players and Miguel Matos is one of their finds from the Dominican Republic. The 21 year old pitched in just his second season in the states in 2008.

Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent in the Dominican Republic
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 4"   Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: October 26, 1987
2008 Team(s): GCL (7 G), Williamsport (6 G), Clearwater (1 G)
Games/Games Started: 14 G / 8 GS
Previous Rankings: unranked

Pitching Style: Miguel Matos pitched just one season for the Phillies in the Dominican Summer League and they realized that he was simply head and shoulders above the hitters there, so they brought him to the states in 2007. While Matos wasn't as dominant in the Gulf Coast League, he was effective, even though he showed some rough spots around the edges. The Phillies started him back in the GCL for 2008 and hitters were having a tougher time against him, so the Phillies sent him along to Williamsport for the rest of the short-season schedule. His numbers at Williamsport drifted a little, but he still showed enough that it's going to be a tough call whether to send him back there in June or let him head north to Lakewood earlier in the season. He tends to go right at hitters, but the Phillies would like to see him gather a little more command of the strike zone. Ironically, his walks per nine innings did drop when he went to Williamsport and he seemed to smooth himself out a little mechanically.

Projection: Matos has good size and a live arm. He's worked hard to develop and should be able to continue moving through the system, but he'll have to show that he can get hitters out in full-season leagues. He pitched one game at Clearwater last season and clearly wasn't ready for the assignment, even though it was just a temporary move. The Phillies continue to work on his secondary pitches and along with that, developing command of all of his pitches. His pitches sometimes flatten out and the better hitters that he's faced in the states have been able to hit those balls hard, so developing some movement on his pitches will also be important for Matos to continue developing.

ETA: At 21, the Phillies will look to start seeing some true progress from Matos. Since he was older than most players that sign in the Dominican, the Phillies don't have time as a luxury, much as they do with a lot of players they bring over from the DSL. Don't be surprised to see the Phillies try to challenge Matos a little and move him along to Lakewood sometime before the short-season New York - Penn League gets underway. If he absolutely can't handle the South Atlantic League, they can always pull him back and send him out to Williamsport, but they would at least know that he's more of a project than he may appear to be right now.

Miguel Matos' career stats

2006 DSL 6 1 1.71 0 13 8 52.2 40 12 10 1 8 54 0.91 .209
2007 GCL 6 3 3.34 0 12 8 59.1 59 27 22 5 22 50 1.37 .260
2008 GCL 4 3 3.30 0 7 6 30.0 23 12 11 2 11 26 1.13 .211
2008 Clearwater 0 1 8.31 0 1 1 4.1 3 5 4 1 2 5 1.15 .200
2008 Williamsport 0 2 4.41 1 6 1 16.1 16 10 8 2 4 18 1.22 .246
TOTALS 16 10 3.04 1 39 24 162.2 141 66 55 11 47 153 1.16 .232

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