Earlier this season, Mets 101's Minor League Mondays took a look at the progress of talented young left hander Steven Matz. Matz, a 2009 second round draft pick, has had a slow start to his career due to undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. Matz has slowly worked his way back, and it looks as if the 23 year old is beginning to rapidly put everything together.
Matz opened his season with High-A Port St. Lucie and dominated the Florida State League. Matz made 12 starts with St. Lucie in the first half of their season, going 4-4 with a 2.21 ERA. Matz also showcased good control, striking out 62 batters and walking only 21 in 69.1 innings pitched with the St. Lucie Mets. Matz's strong start to the season earned him a promotion to the Binghamton Mets for the second half of the minor league season.
Matz struggled in his debut with Binghamton on June 21st, allowing five runs in seven innings as he made the big jump from Single-A to Double-A hitting. Matz was able to settle in quite nicely in his next turn. Matz made a strong start for the B-Mets last Saturday, tossing six innings of shutout ball while striking out nine batters to record his first win with Binghamton.
It's important to remember that even though Matz is 23 years old, he is a full year behind in his development due to the Tommy John surgery. Matz appears to be the next arm in line after Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard fully establish themselves as major league pitchers, so there won't be a real rush to get Matz to Queens quickly. Matz will likely spend the remainder of his season with AA Binghamton with an eye on opening him with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015. The Mets could really use another left handed starter to pair with Jonathon Niese in their rotation, so Matz's development will be key going forward.Tags: Baseball, Binghamton Mets, Minor League Mondays, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Steven Matz