Frank Viola says Steven Matz is a competitor, going to move quickly

In three starts since joining Double-A Binghamton, 23-year-old Mets LHP prospect Steven Matz is 1-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 20 strike outs in 18.2 innings.

“The one thing I love about Matz is he has a great head on his shoulders, he’s a competitor,” Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola recently told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender. “He does all the little things you need from a pitcher to make him better. … I think the big thing now is getting that breaking ball, the curveball, over more consistently to get him through the lineup a second, third, fourth time through. Once he’s able to do that, gain that experience, he’s going to move up the ladder really quick.”

Matz will take the hill for Double-A Binghamton on Thursday afternoon.


SNY.tv opens Matz’s prospect file, profiling his strengths and weaknesses as a pitcher, including his special talent…


In a recent edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Viola talked in detail with Brender about Matz, as well as Noah Syndergaard, Rafeal Montero and Zack Wheeler, which you can listen to here:


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34 comments
semperfi
semperfi

Niese is above average MLB lefty and should be part of rotation moving forward, Matz is potentially better then Niese and has been compared to Kershaw, definitely should not be moved, along with Harvey, Gee and Wheeler/deGrom could be a dominant staff for years to come with all others being movable for the right power bat.

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Matz is someone that we should keep..... A diamond in the rough

thwacker
thwacker

Trade good pitching? Maybe, but I think about the possibility of injuries, some long term. Surpluses are good.   Sandy, think it out.

Tom Girard
Tom Girard

Matz montero Campbell for Castro

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

Even with his injury history I believe as long as Niese can come back quickly and finish the season strong that he can bring in a return similar to the R.A. Dickey deal in the off season

rico
rico

MEET THE MATZ!



Nice but wasn't this a re-tread from 2 days ago?



C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

The Mets really might have an embarrassment of riches in the pitching department....What to do with all this pitching though...Do any of you trust that Sandy will turn this pitching over?  And if he does, will he pay to keep the guys he acquires, long term?

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

If he pitches like Frankie V, cant wait to see him up here!!

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

The problem is not good pitching, its horrible hitting. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio (and Williams, Aaron, Musial, Ruth, Gehrig, et. al.)

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

Nice to see this kid putting it all together after injuries derailed his early career. I know there's a good chance he could end up getting packaged as part of a deal to upgrade LF or SS, but it's be nice to see the local kid make it to the big league club before that happens, if possible.

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

well based on what we've seen with other guys in the Mets system in recent years, he prob won't even touch the majors till mid 2016, so he's still some ways away 

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Wonder what this means for Niese?  The Mets obviously are on the verge of having some log jams in the starting rotation.  I like Niese, he is a great underrated pitcher but I am considered that he always has stamina or health issues.  With Matz moving up quickly and being a lefty starter, Alderson might look at trading Niese for a bat.

SanMan2k5
SanMan2k5

What the hell is wrong with that picture?  His arms aren't really like that are they?  LOL

The Feels band
The Feels band

Let's Go Matz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jenkins
jenkins

@thwacker I think he has to get at least an OF RBI bat before 2015. He doesn't have to give away his top pitching prospects. The Mets "B" prospects are better than most teams' "A" prospects. And Gee and Niese are already established starters.


Alderson has the winning hand. Teams have to make his deal of they want pitchers.

rico
rico

no thank you.  I have not been one of the Flores flag waivers but I think Wilmer may be as good (and bad) as Starling Castro.  Castro is a very good hitter who is one of the worst gloves in the league and a strange guy.  Wilmer has a questionable glove, good hitter and seems like a good kid, so why not work Wilmer in LF?  Tejada seems to have come around. 

jenkins
jenkins

@C.K. Dexter Haven Matz is untouchable to me at this point. He''ll be here in 2015. They can get quality in return for Gee, Montero, Colon, Ynoa, Mejia orFamilia. I'd trade Niese instead of Matz, if I had to.

Jim Flaherty
Jim Flaherty

Looks a little like Quagmire after he discovered internet porn.  

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@Chad Michael  If Niese can have one more good stretch I would trade him before he gets hurt again....Im a big Niese fan but he can get a nice return and with Matz on the way we can afford to be without a lefty for a little while....our rotation should be a big strength regardless of what arm they throw with

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

  Looks like revolver Ocelot from metal gear with liquid snakes arms....if you have ever played the game lol

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@The Feels band @Eric Koeller no i meant  2016. He only has 18  innings in Double A, so the odds are he'll finish 2014 in Binghamton and start there next year and move to triple A mid season. That has him on pace to be ready in 2016 


Of course, they could cut his Double A innings short and have him start in Vegas to begin 2015, in which case he'd be ready by Summer 2015  

James Solomon
James Solomon

@Born2Fish74 (PS4) @William Bonilla @Chad Michael What could we expect as a return for Niese? Hes more proven then Samardzja, lefty and has a very team friendly contract for 4 more years (2 of them being option years).  I would think thats atleast 2 top prospects and a 3rd mid level one, no?  A package on the level of Dickey's if not better