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Mets were happy with Steven Matz’s progress last season

The Mets were pleased to see their 2009 first-round pick, Steven Matz, return from Tommy John surgery and exceed 100 innings last year (Carig, Feb. 8).

“We were thrilled with just that alone,” Paul DePodesta said. “And then you put the results on top of it, and we were ecstatic about the year he had.”

Matz went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 106 innings for Single-A Savannah, allowing 38 walks with 121 strikeouts in 21 starts.

He was added to the 40-man roster in November and will be in major league camp when pitchers and catchers report to Tradition Field next Saturday.

Matz was ranked the 20th-best prospect in the South Atlantic League in 2013, according to a list published by Baseball America.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The struggle to return from Tommy John Surgery has definitely set Matz’s career back. However, he’s still young and – if he can stay healthy – he could make an impact at the big league level by next season. He showed good command of a hard fastball with movement last season, but he still has work to do with his change-up and curveball. And, he will need to find a fourth pitch in order to make it as a starter. At this point, the most important thing for him is to stay healthy and gain experience and innings so he can refine his stuff and continue to develop in the coming season.


Read more: Finally a ray of light for Ward Melville lefty Steven Matz (Newsday)

22 comments
Andrew J Schu
Andrew J Schu

matz was not our first round pick. he was our first pick of the draft which happened to be in the 2nd round. we didn't have a first rounder.

Sam Mack
Sam Mack

He might be able to get outs in the bullpen in 2014 lets see what he got???

The Feels
The Feels

Niese will be traded and Matz will be up mid 2015. 

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

top 100 prospect next year. He is a  potential top of the rotation arm.

gloveman
gloveman

I get that he needs to work on his change and curve, but he needs a fourth pitch to make it as a starter? Since when does a lefty pitcher need four pitches to be a starter?

Muhammad Khan
Muhammad Khan

Matz pitching for Mets. Match made in heaven. Good luck! Hope he is another good arm in our farm system.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The good news is that he was drafted out of high school and not college. If he was out of college and had the TJ surgery and setbacks his career would just about be over. But he won't be 23 until May. There is time to resurrect his career. In two seasons at Kingsport and Savannah, he has struck out well over a batter per inning with a high strikeout-to-walk ratio. Good size at 6-2.

Mitch
Mitch

Matz was a second-round pick, not a first-round pick.

Chris
Chris

Big year for Matz, now that he's on the 40-man. Can't wait to see how he handles the FSL.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@gloveman  Yeah, that's silly. Jon Niese has always gotten by with just a fastball, cutter and curve (sure, he has a changeup that he throws a couple times per game,but it's a bad pitch and a non-factor.)


Cole Hamels lived for his first few years in the majors almost entirely on his fastball and changeup, with a curve to mix things up occasionally.


Anyway, Matz does have a fourth pitch, a slider that he worked on some in 2013 before going back to mostly using the curve.

marcbklyn
marcbklyn

@gloveman He probably shouldn't need four pitches, but if his curve is not effective to righties--he probably cannot live by fastball and change--or he we wants a third pitch to throw to lefties--he's unlikely to use the change, he may need a fourth pitch: a sinker to throw to righties or a cutter or slider to throw to either. I assume that's what Baron means. The problem is getting the arm motion and release point the same for four effective pitches. I saw that show with Pelf and it could get ugly. It is probably more important that he have major league curves and change ups.

vince1234
vince1234

@gloveman Couldn't agree more. If he cant control two pitches and show a third he can by succesful. He can learn a two seem fast ball or cutter just like Niese while in the majors.

Chris
Chris

@Mitch Right. Matz was the Mets' first pick in 2009, but he was a second rounder. The Mets surrendered their first rounder to the Angels for the right to pay Francisco Rodriguez an exorbitant amount of money to fight the elderly and stuff.

gloveman
gloveman

@marcbklyn @gloveman  I suppose it makes sense if he doesn't have effective pitches against lefties, but it seems to make more sense to me to work on the change as that would be pretty key against right handed batters. I usually don't nit pick the writers, but saying he will need a fourth pitch to make it as a starter just made no sense to me. I think there are a lot more lefty starters with three pitches rather than with the 4 Baron says he will need.  Now if he had a slider as apposed to a curveball then a fourth pitch might be needed more. And as well from what I have heard he has a pretty nasty fastball with movement. And that will work fine righty or lefty. Anyway I would imagine refining his other two pitches is what he should be concentrating on.

mets2014
mets2014

@Chris @Mitch that was pick #24 OF Randal Grichuk...angels also had #25 from the Yankees for texeira...turned out to be trout

Mitch
Mitch

@Chris That first-rounder became Randal Grichuk, who was selected a pick prior to Mike Trout. What could have been... 

Chris
Chris

@Mitch Right. Although FWIW, in this case, the "could" never would have been a "would".