New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

Steven Matz is pitching well enough to justify a promotion

In a Q&A with MetsBlog’s Robert Brender, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen recently compared Mets Single-A LHP prospect Steven Matz to Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw >> Listen to the Q&A here.

“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.

Toby Hyde, Contributor

Matz is well on his way to pitching for Double-A Binghamton for most of this summer. His promotion might even come in the month of May if the B-Mets have a rotation opening. Generally, top pitching prospects under Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta have made at least eight starts in advanced Single-A before moving on. … So, if there’s a need in Double-A, Matz could move soon >> Read more of this profile of Matz at Mets Minor League Blog.




32 comments
Grendal
Grendal

If the Mets had a young Dwight Gooden would they bring him up at 19 years old or would they have him make long stops, tinkering with his mechanics, at every minor league level? 

hankincolo
hankincolo

Seems like a chain reaction promotion is coming around June or July. Thor and Montero come-up to the Mets, creating an opening in Vegas. Two Double-A pitchers fill their spots and then Matz moves up to Binghamton. Very interesting summer ahead!.  

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

It is crazy to think that the Mets have so much more pitching talent at all levels of the minors.  So much focus has been on Harvey, Wheeler, and Syndergarrd that everyone else seems to be forgotten.  The exciting thing about Matz is that he is a lefty.  If he can develop to be even 80% of what Kershaw is than that would be awesome.  It is great to keep hearing about these guys because while it doesn't necessarily make it fun to watch the Mets right now, it certainly adds hope for the future.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

Saw Matz's start last night in Fort Myers and the kid was flat-out dominant. I think they are fast tracking him basically because he missed two seasons after the surgery and would likely already be knocking on the door (if not in the bigs) by now. Also, he has plenty of polish. According to last night's radar gun at the stadium, fastball sat 90 to 94 with a lot of sinking action. By my count, Fort Myers squared just one baseball up all night long, a deep fly to center in the 7th inning. Matz carried a no-no into the sixth when a guy bunted for a hit with two outs. Next guy blooped an opposite field hit to right just over second and other than a fourth inning walk, that was it. Generated a ton of ground ball outs. Think only four fly ball outs (and two of those were infield pop ups). The kid should move quickly now as long as he's healthy of course.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

It's a long jump from A ball to the majors. Team badly needs another LHP in the bullpen. I don't suppose they would take a gamble.

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

wow yeah, 11 innings is a perfectly adequate sample size

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

He was in the big league camp this Spring and I heard that a lot of people (not all on the Mets payroll) were impressed with him. He did pretty well if I remember correctly.

TRex
TRex

So let me get this straight:

Generally, top pitching prospects under Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta have made at least eight starts in advanced Single-A before moving on. …

So, two (2) starts at Single-A show that Matz is ready for a promotion? 

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

And Bowman is 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 15 K / 2 BB in his first two AA starts.


So many exciting prospects! 

xplr
xplr

0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in Single A. Definately right up there with Kershaw. Maybe even Seaver or Cy Young.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

This kid is going to be fasttracked. This isn't some whatever prospect. He should be viewed right along with Montero and Syndergaard as a future component of the Met pitching corp. He might wind up in the bullpen, however. Either way, he is on his way. 

Doubleday
Doubleday

Dan Warthen says a lot of things.  Some of them he has to issue a public apology for.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

You figure Kyle F. is due to fizzle out at some point, so you might have a slot for a hard throwing 8th inning type and then you can push Kyle back on the depth chart. Team also needs someone who can get ONE bat out in a must out situation. A Scott Rice sort who is pitching better than he is at the moment.  Of course, he can be trade bait for a SS.

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

So he's on the fast track to either the big leagues or Tommy John surgery.

Brian Nerzig
Brian Nerzig

@TRex  Got his 3rd start last night and was brilliant, 7IP, 2h, 1bb, 6 K's.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Michael Mee Tried to find info on him. Generally he's reguarded as no a interesting prospect. 


I'm guessing best we hope for is a Dillon Gee.. Later pick, fringy stuff works his tail off to be a solid back end starter.

zoddie
zoddie

@ifti99   He actually has a 2.00 ERA now and is at 2.35 in his young minor league career.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@JimmyBX182 He is indeed. Looked great in yesterday's start. Those Single-A hitters were clueless against his offspeed stuff and he was mixing it up, throwing first-pitch breakers over for strikes when he felt guys were sitting dead red. And the fastball was eating them up. Ground ball after ground ball, none hit very hard.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Brian Nerzig @TRexIs older than the general prospect because of TJ and complications from it, pretty much cost him 2 seasons.

MartyBarrett17
MartyBarrett17

Isn't he the guy from Princeton that has a screwy delivery like Lincecum? Doesn't throw hard but very deceptive. I think that's him at least.

Brian Nerzig
Brian Nerzig

@zoddie @ifti99  Would be nice if they updated his stats to include last night's performance.  He got his first win of the season, 2 hits and a walk with 6 K's in 7 innings which is why his ERA is at 2.00 now.  He was absolutely dominant.

zoddie
zoddie

@Mark Kelly @Brian Nerzig@TRex He's actually not that old for a kid in A+ ball.  Older than the average top prospect, sure, but not old for the league. He's only 22 years old (turning 23 in a month and a half).  He'll probably hit AA just before his 23rd birthday.  He may make the bigs at 24 or right around his 25th birthday.

zoddie
zoddie

@Chad Michael @Mark Kelly@MartyBarrett17 All those guys are going to be very cheap for a very long time.  The way to do it is to keep the prospects coming.


Also, and people forget this, the Mets weren't always and may not always be broke.  For over a dozen years the Mets were in the top 6 in salaries.  Many years they were #1 or #2 in the league.  Obviously that isn't the case right now, but in five years, who knows?  Maybe the Wilpons won't be broke.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

@Mark Kelly @MartyBarrett17  I get what you are saying but not everyone has to be a top prospect.  And in the end you need those back end starters.  Lets be honest, the Mets eventually won't be able to afford all 4 pitchers like Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, and Montero if they all pan out.  You can't pay 4 guys ace like salaries.  That is where guys like Gee or Bowman come in and fill in the back end of your rotation with quality arms.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@MartyBarrett17 It is... They call him pricceceum.... 


not tall, not a hard thrower... not really concered much of a prospect... Maybe a good RP, especially if he has good offspeed stuff and a weird delivery... That could be crazy out of the BP for an inning or 2 after seeing a SP 3 times.