Phillies Prospect #23: Travis Mattair

For a high school player, who has been challenged with a jump over the New York - Penn League, Travis Mattair is holding his own. Now, it's time for a breakout season for the former second round draft pick.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 2007 Draft.
Bats: R   Throws: R
Height: 6' 5"   Weight: 210 pounds
Birth Date: December 21, 1988
2008 Team(s): Lakewood
Positions/Games: 3B (129 G)
School: Southridge HS (Southridge, WA)
2008 Ranking: 24

Why Mattair moved up to #23 : Travis Mattair made his first foray into a full-season league in 2008 and had decent, but not spectacular results at Lakewood. Quite honestly, he's capable of much better and likely just needed a bit of an adjustment period as many players do. His 2008 season was a bit of a roller coaster. After a slow start, he hit .292 in May, but then slumped in June, only to hit .295 in July. August and September were below what he'll likely produce, but not horrible, especially considering that he may have worn down a little later in the year. Mattair only moved up one spot in our rankings, but don't take that as a slight. He's a quality player and is simply not where he's going to be once he puts it all together.

Category Travis Mattair South Atlantic League
AB/2B 23.00 19.59
AB/3B 460.00 156.31
AB/HR 115.00 49.40
AB/RBI 8.85 8.14
AB/R 7.80 7.30
AB/BB 12.78 11.10
AB/KO 4.30 4.42
AVG .254 .257
OBP .321 .325
SLG .328 .382
Categories with numbers in white show areas where Mattair outperferformed the average player in the South Atlantic League during the 2008 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average.

Batting and Power: The best thing that Mattair did last summer was develop a slightly more compact swing from what we've seen in the past and it definitely helped him to cut down on his strikeouts. In his first season, he struck out once every 3.4 at-bats, but moved that to once every 4.3 at-bats at Lakewood. His average and on-base percentage are going to continue to climb, but the bigger surprise is that his power numbers haven't shown up. More work on just taking what the pitcher is giving him and simply developing should allow his power to start making an appearance.

Baserunning and Speed: Last season, Mattair was running a little more, stealing nine bases, but had a very average 64% success rate. His speed is good, but he lacks the ability to successfully time pitchers, which is basically just a learned talent that he has time to develop. 

Defense: Mattair struggled badly at third base last season and finished with 26 errors, just three behind the league leader in errors. Of course, he did lead the league in fielding chances (129) and double-plays (26). There is some work needed to be done, but for now, Mattair's defense has got to be a concern. 

Projection: While there is still some work to do, don't give up on Travis Mattair. He's a solid prospect, who just hasn't put it all together yet. It's easy to want to rush him and expect perfection, but keep in mind that he was drafted out of high school and is moving at a good pace already. From all appearances, he's willing to put in the work that it will take to improve, so there wouldn't seem to be any reason for concern about how he's developing. This is the type of player who will seemingly come from nowhere and have a breakout season and that could come at any time. You have to realize too, that Mattair skipped over playing in the New York - Penn League, which is the natural progression for players coming out of high school.

Travis Mattair's career stats

2007 GCL 3 21 .235 54 200 19 47 10 1 3 75% 12 58 .297 .340
2008 Lakewood 4 52 .254 129 460 59 117 20 1 9 64% 36 108 .321 .328
TOTALS 7 73 .248 183 660 78 164 30 2 12 67% 48 166 .314 .332

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