Originally posted on MetsMinor.net  |  Last updated 8/24/13
The Mets selected left-handed high school pitcher Steven Matz in the 2nd round (72nd overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft. He came in at 16th overall in the MMN Mid-Season Top-25 Prospect list. Matz, now 22, is a local kid– growing up in East Setauket, NY and attending Ward Melville High School. In his senior season he struck out a mind-blowing 81 batters in just 44 innings while allowing just 11 hits. The Mets signed Matz away from a commitment to Coastal Carolina for a bonus of $895,000– a staggering $450,000 over the recommended slot value. Soon after, then Mets scouting director Rudy Terrasas told Adam Rubin: “…We like the arm. We think he has a chance to be a solid pitcher for us. He’s got three pitches: fastball, curveball, changeup. Just like any typical high school player, he just needs some time and experience on the mound. He pitches anywhere from 89 to 93, but he settles in around 90 mph. But, again, there’s projection left with this kid.” The 6’2″, 192 pound southpaw feature...
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