#14 – LHP Steven Matz

Bats/Throws: R/L

Height/Weight: 6’2”/192 lbs

Acquired: 2nd rd ’09 (Ward-Melville HS)

Born: 5/29/91

2009 Rank: NR

Why Ranked Here: The Mets signed Matz, their  first pick in the 2009 draft at #72 overall, for $895,000 on August 17th, making Matz, who grew up a Mets fan on Long Island, very happy.  Now it’s his turn to return the excitement for the team and its fans.

On the day Matz signed, the Mets Director of Amateur Scouting, Rudy Terrasas explained what attracted the Mets to Matz, “The first thing that we were really impressed with Steven was his size, he’s 6’4”, 195, and he’s lefthanded.  We liked his delivery.  We liked his arm action.  We liked the athleticism.  We liked the way he competed.”  Matz grew late in high school, which helped him add velocity, pushing him into the low 90s with regularity.  He also attempted to add a slider last winter, but, by his own admission, that project was not an immediate success, as he felt more comfortable with his fastball, curveball and changeup.

Matz slips ahead of Juan Urbina because his fastball is presently better and he’s 20 lbs bigger.  Matz can work in the low 90s, while Urbina’s heat at that velocity is still a projection.  Also, if Matz was able to induce $900K from the Mets, wouldn’t he have been worth more than Urbina’s $1.25 million on the open market?

2009: Matz signed too late to appear in a GCL game, but reported for instructs in the DR.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Matz and Urbina give the Mets two potential LHP starters in the slightly distant future.

Debbie Downer Says: MLB teams drafted 71 players ahead of Matz in the ’09, so not everyone was as excited about him as the Mets.

Projected 2010 Start: Kingsport or the GCL, where with success, he’ll make a cameo in Brooklyn or Savannah.

MLB Arrival: Mid-late 2014