Mets LHP Steven Matz‘s stuff compares to Clayton Kershaw, “there is no doubt in my mind,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender this past weekend in Los Angeles.
“I hate to make those comparisons, but I just did. It’s so easy, so explosive coming out of his hand. He’s exciting to me,” Warthen said.
In two starts with Single-A St. Lucie this season, Matz is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA, during which he has struck out 11 batters in 11 innings.
Matz, a Mets fan from Stony Brook, was drafted in 2009 and immediately had his career thrown off track when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2010. He went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 21 starts last summer.
Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, how to choose bullpen roles, and talking with Jenrry Mejia about throwing his glove: