In case you haven’t heard, Steve Matz is kinda good. In fact, he’s actually pretty good.
Even before he pitched 12.2 scoreless innings in the South Atlantic League playoffs, allowing five hits and striking out 17, the 22-year-old lefty from Stony Brook, NY was opening eyes in his first full season in the minor leagues.
His final stat line for the Savannah Sand Gnats in 2013 read like this: 21 starts, 106.1 innings pitched, 2.62 ERA (coupled with a 2.63 FIP), 121 strikeouts, 38 walks and one shutout.
Considering that line and his status as one of the few left-handed pitchers in the Mets’ farm system, expect to see Matz rocket up prospect lists this offseason (including the one currently being constructed by our very own David Groveman).
Although his season has been spectacular, it’s probably not enough to launch him into the upper echelon of Met pitching prospects with the Noah Syndergaards and Rafael Monteros of the world.
The main reason for that is Matz’s injury history.