What does the future hold for LHP prospect Steven Matz?

Mets LHP prospect Steven Matz threw a bullpen session early Monday at Tradition Field.


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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.

In 21 starts for Low-A Savannah last year, he went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA, allowing 38 walks with 121 strikeouts in 21 starts.


Rob Brender avatarRobert Brender, MetsBlog:

He was the only pitcher I saw to throw his session alone. It was done under the watchful eye of owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon, with a cameo from Sandy Alderson. Matz threw mostly fastballs and, according to my eyes, appeared to be nice easy cheese. He has a smooth left-handed delivery and throws hard for a player not overwhelmingly large in stature.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Matz is worth keeping an eye on. The organization doesn’t have a lot of left-handed arms, especially guys who throw as hard as Matz. He’s a starting pitcher. He’s got really good stuff. However, a veteran scout who watched Matz last year told me he believes the kid could be a very valuable relief pitcher one day, similar to a Craig Breslow. I bet he starts his big-league career in the bullpen, probably during 2015, then transitions back to the rotation when there’s a need.

15 comments
methead
methead

Everytime I come on this blog, outside of Wheeler and Harvey every young pitcher is said to be a canidate for the bullpen by Cerrone.  Seriously - The guy is a starter.  He only goes to the bullpen if he can't hack it as a starter.  Sheesh.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

My son played against him in summer ball a few years back,, This kid is the total package

Mitchell Pak
Mitchell Pak

I just hope he makes the team so we can cheer "Lets Go Matz!"

billysuede
billysuede

dude, stop wanting to toss every young starter we have in the pen...

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I doubt he'll see big league action in 2015. 2016 would be much more realistic.

petesrv
petesrv

What the hell does easy cheese mean.  Fella you are not Red Barber and I am looking for a professional comment not drivel.  If there is house cleaning to be done - please take this guy out.

ac0814
ac0814

The next in line after Montero and Syndergaard. This kid can be a stud. I think his ceiling is a number 2 if he can keep that arm from falling off.

He reminds me A LOT of Cole Hamels.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

Think Matz throws harder than Breslow though. Can reach upper 90s with the heater. Cerrone always seems to go with a player's floor rather than their ceiling. Guess years of being a Mets fan can do that, but he always refers to Montero as a reliever when he hasn't even been given a shot at starting at the big-league level yet.

The Feels
The Feels

On the Mets in 2015. See ya later, Niese! :P 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Based on his performance in Savannah, will he be starting this year in AA? Would be nice to see a lefty starter come up, at some point.

logic
logic

Fella? How about a professional response, Richard. If there is any house cleaning that needs to be done it's the likes of monotonous cancer commenters like yourself.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@petesrv You obviously haven't read the posts around here very much. Personally, I have no problem with what Brender wrote. At least everything he said resembled English, which is more than I can say for other posts.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

@ac0814 Plus he was the first pick chosen by the Mets the year he was drafted - doubt they want him ending up in the bullpen. Other than Niese, good LH starters are hard to find - we've already got plenty of LH relievers in the pipeline.