|Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2002 Draft.|
|Bats: R Throws: R|
|Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190 lbs|
|Birth Date: February 27, 1984|
|2008 Team(s): DNP|
|Games/Games Started: 0|
|School: Aldergrove Community HS (Canada)|
|2008 Ranking: 18|
Why Mathieson fell from #18: Last season was supposed to be the year that Scott Mathieson returned from Tommy John surgery. The plan was for him to open the season on the DL, continue working out in Clearwater and by the middle of the summer at the latest, have him head off to start some rehab assignments in the minors. The theory was that he had gotten over all of the obstacles that he encountered in recovering from the Tommy John surgery, including an excessive amount of scar tissue and lingering pain in his elbow. Instead, the pain returned at even higher levels and before long, Mathieson was having a second Tommy John surgery - known as a revision - putting his future in doubt. So, why is he still on the rankings at all? Simply because Mathieson has a lot of skills and has worked tirelessly through his rehab, making him a candidate to come out the other side in relatively good shape eventually.
Repertoire: There's no telling what type of pitcher Mathieson will be after two Tommy John surgeries. He had a strong, sinking fastball and was quickly developing his slider into a pitch that he could count on to get hitters out. His change-up was also coming along, but lagged behind both of his other pitches. When all is said and done, Mathieson should be able to regain much of his velocity, but right now, everything is up in the air as far as what he'll be able to throw and what pitches will return for him.
Pitching Style: One of the things that the Phillies loved about Mathieson was the way he went after hitters. Again, Tommy John surgeries can change pitchers - at least at first - and make them a little more timid on the mound. If he doesn't regain his velocity, his ability to pitch inside effectively to hitters is likely to be gone and he could emerge as more of a finesse pitcher than he was initially.
Projection: So, just what's up with Scott Mathieson? The Phillies removed him from their 40 man roster this fall only to immediately re-sign him to a minor league deal. The good news is that the Phillies haven't given up on Mathieson, who is still just 24 years old, but they have changed their approach to how they're going to work with him. For now, all thoughts of if or when he'll pitch again are on hold. Instead, they're just going to let him rehab and take a slow, patient approach to getting him back.
"Scotty is coming along okay. One of the problems with having a second Tommy John is that the chances of that really taking and working out are not great," admitted Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. "But if there's anybody who can do it, Scott will do it. He's a very hard worker. He's going to be very diligent and we're going to take our time on this particular rehab and we're hopeful that he can get back to close to where he was prior to his injury."
ETA: Right now, there's not really much of a plan on when or where Mathieson would start to return to pitching in games. The truth is that he might not see any action at all this season, which would give the Phillies a decision to make in the fall; would they work out some type of arrangement to keep Mathieson in the system or would they risk losing him either as a minor league free agent or in the Rule 5 Draft. With all of the time and effort that the Phillies have invested in Mathieson, it doesn't seem likely that they would risk giving up on him too early. For now though, it's just a wait-and-see approach.
Scott Mathieson's career stats
|YEAR / TEAM||W||L||ERA||SV||G||GS||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||KO||WHIP||OPP AVG|
|2008 Did Not Pitch||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Major League Totals||1||2||7.47||0||9||8||37.1||48||36||31||8||16||28||1.71||.312|
|Minor League Totals||23||29||4.16||1||94||84||469.1||429||245||217||40||148||446||1.23||.242|