Mets LHP prospect Steven Matz was the 20th-best prospect in the South Atlantic League, according to a list published by Baseball America.
The 22-year-old Long Island native was drafted in 2009, had Tommy John surgery in 2010, and returned to post a 2.62 ERA in 106 innings, while going 5-6 in 21 starts this past season for Low-A Savannah.
According to multiple reports, Matz will be eligible for the Rule V draft this winter, meaning he’ll need to be added to the 40-man or risk end up being on another team. If Matz returns to the Mets in 2014, he’ll likely begin his season with Single-A St. Lucie.
This summer, Matthew Cerrone talked to Matz for a MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Verizon.
Matz, who grew up a Mets fan in Stony Brook, talks about adjusting to life in the minor leagues, the reality and fear of having such a major surgery at a such a young age, the potential positives that can come from it, and how he’s doing in his recovery:[/sny-editorial]