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32 Steven Matz SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/201 | Birthdate: 5/29/1991 | Birthplace: Stony Brook, NY | Bats/Throws: R/L | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 83/40 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mets' Steven Matz impressed on mound, at plate in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Mets pitcher Steven Matz was impressive on the mound and from the plate in his major-league debut.

In Sunday's 7-2 win over the Reds in the second game of a doubleheader, Matz gave up two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings of work. He struck out six batters while allowing five hits and three walks. His major-league career begins with a 2.35 ERA. 

However, from the dish, Matz went 3 for 3 with a double and four RBI. Two RBI came on a double and two others came on one of his singles. 

This marked the first time in MLB history a pitcher notched four RBI in his big-league debut. It's also the first time a player at any position got four RBI in their debut in Mets franchise history. 

"He was ready," manager Terry Collins said, per nj.com. "He was ready to show people he belonged in the big leagues and today he did that.


Mets going to six-man rotation, Steven Matz to debut Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz will make his MLB debut Sunday against the Reds, general manager Sandy Alderson announced Friday.

Alderson also said the team will go to a six-man rotation for the "foreseeable future," as Matz will join a rotation that features Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom.

"They're on board," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "As Sandy alluded to, certainly this is in their best interest, a few of them. At the time we did it before things were moving pretty good, guys were pitching pretty well. We went back, we changed it, couple guys didn't pitch all that good even on regular rest.

"They understand we're going to give this a shot, we're going to take a good strong look at it. It's to benefit the whole organization, basically, so that we look up and everybody is pitching. We're not pushing guys back, we're not skipping, guys are out there and competing. That's what they want to do."    

Matz's arrival means Niese will get bumped from Sunday to Tuesday against the Cubs.

Matz, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66), went 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. He totaled 94 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.

Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012, the left-hander is 24-20 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 365 2/3 innings. He is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings in his career.


Report: Mets on verge of promoting Steven Matz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) The Mets could be on the verge of promoting starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz to the majors, according to Fox Sports.

Two different team officials declined to comment when asked about Matz's promotion, but something appears to be in the works, according to Ken Rosenthal. However, one source told Rosenthal the Mets are calling up the elite pitching prospect. The Mets could be pondering a six-man rotation again.

Following Thursday's game against the Brewers, Collins did not confirm the report, but he acknowledged an announcement about a rotation addition will happen Friday.

Matz, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66), continues to have a strong season in the minors. He is 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. He has totaled 94 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.

Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012, the left-hander is 24-20 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 365 2/3 innings. He is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings in his career.


GM: Gee's demotion 'probably' clears way for Matz's promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, who was filling the role of sixth starter, was designated for assignment Monday, the team announced.

Gee's removal from the roster "probably" means starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz will be promoted to the major-league roster soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said, per MLB.com. However, Alderson wouldn't put a timetable on the lefty's promotion.

Matz has developed into one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66). Matz is 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA at Triple-A this season and is 23-20 with a 2.32 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in four seasons in the minors.


Report: Mets discussed Syndergaard to 'pen, promoting Matz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) The lack of a reliable setup man had the Mets discussing moving rookie starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to a relief role to shore up the bullpen and calling up prospect Steven Matz to replace him in the rotation, a source told the New York Post.

However, the Mets opted against the move since they remain committed to Syndergaard in the rotation and will look elsewhere for bullpen help. The Mets are expected to promote Akeel Morris from Class A St. Lucie to join the bullpen. Morris has a 1.69 ERA, 13 saves and 46 strikeouts in 32 innings for St. Lucie.

As for Syndergaard, who was acquired in a 2012 trade with the Blue Jays, he will face his former team Monday. But the right-hander contends Monday's outing doesn't hold any extra meaning.

“It’s just another game to me,” he said.


Mets GM still dodging questions about Steven Matz's promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson once again faced the question Thursday on why starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz isn't in the major-league rotation yet, despite continued success in the minors.

"He continues to pitch at (Triple-A) Las Vegas and if you've noticed, his innings have been cut back a little bit," Alderson said, per NJ.com. "So there's a little bit of management going on that that level as well which is easier to do frankly than it might be here. So there are a couple of different things going on but he's going to benefit from the experience."

Alderson wouldn't say if the Mets would make room in the rotation for Matz, once the team deems him ready for the majors. 

"We'll address that when the time comes," he said.

Matz is 6-4 with a 1.94 ERA through 12 outings (11 starts) for Triple-A Vegas. The 2009 second-round pick is 23-20 with a 2.24 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in his career.


Report: Steven Matz likely to join Mets before All-Star break


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) The Mets are likely to promote pitching prospect Steven Matz to the majors before the All-Star break, the New York Post reports.

The Mets want to manage Matz's innings, which is easier done at the Triple-A level, and have also dealt with a logjam in the rotation at the major-league level. The Super-2 cutoff for arbitration eligibility, which is expected to be around June 20, is another likely factor for the delay in Matz's major-league debut.

"It’s a process of managing his innings so he could be around 180-185 innings," generael manager Sandy Alderson said on Saturday. "We are not looking at this as a minor league season for him."

Matz has been dominant in the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, where he owns a 1.94 ERA and 75:27 K:BB ratio in 74 1/3 innings.

"Matz has only pitched at Triple-A for [11] starts," Alderson said. "So he’s realistically inexperienced at that level. Nothing stands out that he needs to work on, but getting more experience at that level is always beneficial."


Report: Mets limiting Steven Matz's pitch count to save for majors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) The Mets have limited to Steven Matz to less than 80 pitches in his last two starts to save his arm for the majors, the New York Post reports.

The Mets are currently featuring a six-man rotation, so he doesn't have a clear path to major-league playing time, but Mets officials unconcerned he'll grow frustrated waiting for a promotion.

"I think he realizes, he sees everybody that is up there and knows there is no place to put him," an organizational source told the Post. "If he was going to lose interest, he would have lost it, I think, three or four starts ago."

Matz is 6-3 with a 1.98 ERA and a 70:23 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

"It’s like taking a big league guy and throwing him against a rookie ball team," a PCL talent evaluator said. "He just dominates every night he goes out. He’s done everything he’s supposed to do at Triple-A, and it’s a lot easier to evaluate a pitcher in this league, because if they are as good as Matz is in the Pacific Coast League, he is pretty damn good. They don’t hit the ball against him."


Scout: Mets SP prospect Steven Matz is 'really good'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz continues to impress in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through 10 outings (nine starts).

"He's really good," an AL scout told CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. "He has a slower curveball that works in the minors, so he may need to complement that with a slider. But he has deception with his fastball."


Mets SP Dillon Gee (groin) may need an extra day of rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Amidst reports that the Mets may need a spot start soon, a source told the New York Daily News that starter Dillon Gee may need an extra day of rest. Gee is currently scheduled to start on Sunday against the Phillies, which would be prospect Steven Matz ' turn in the rotation at Triple-A. 

Matz is no longer listed as the starter for Las Vegas' game on Sunday. The team has yet to officially announce any plans to call up Matz or any other pitcher for an upcoming start. The team could simply move Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom up to pitch on normal rest, should Gee need to be skipped. 

Gee, who is dealing with a groin issue, has pitched well in his last three starts, giving up four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.


Mets' Steven Matz continues his dominance with a 12-strikeout outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz, considered the No. 3 prospect in the organization by MLB.com, continued his dominance on Thursday, striking out 12 in Triple-A Las Vegas' 7-2 win over Reno.

"In the beginning, I was trying to overthink a little bit. I struggled to get out of the first inning," Matz said, per MiLB.com.

"I was trying to go with a different gameplan and [pitching coach] Frank [Viola] told me to go back to what I was doing before, what I was having success with. It was pitching off my fastball, establishing my fastball. I was starting out with a lot of offspeed stuff, and I never really established my fastball."

Matz, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning his last time out, allowed one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings of work, lowering his ERA to 1.84. The left-hander has won three consecutive starts, and owns a 31:14 K:BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings pitched to start the year.


Mets prospect Steven Matz flirts with no-hitter vs. Triple-A Reno


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz enjoyed his best start to date on Friday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before Nick Evans singled with two outs in the inning. He permitted two hits and a walk while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of Las Vegas' 12-0 win over Reno in Triple-A action.

Matz lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the season.


Mets SP prospect Steven Matz allows one run in Triple-A debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz made his debut for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday and fared pretty well over 5 1/3 innings.

The left-hander reliever, who is one of the Mets' top prospects, allowed one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out four against Fresno.

Matz threw 50 of 84 pitches for strikes. He held Fresno batters to a .188 average.


Mets send Steven Matz to minors


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) The Mets optioned pitcher Steven Matz to Triple-A on Saturday, ending his quest to earn a spot in the team's rotation to start the season. 

Matz had a 1.50 ERA in six spring innings, allowing three hits and striking out three. 

"I knew coming in that the staff is pretty stacked & they have their 5 guys and I really wasn’t expecting to make a starting spot," Matz said, per Matt Ehalt of The Record

When asked if Matz could pitch in the Major Leagues right now, manager Terry Collins gave him a vote of confidence, saying, "I don't see why not," per the Daily News' Kristie Ackert


Report: Steven Matz destined to start season in minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz is expected to start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

If Matz broke camp with the big-league club and stayed in the majors the entire season, he would be in line to become a free agent in 2020 instead of 2021. The Mets can wait until the 21st day of the season to promote him in order to delay free agency until after the 2021 season.

He went 10-9 with 2.25 ERA in 24 starts between high Class A and Double-A.


Mets' Alderson says it's 'highly unlikely' Matz will move to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Mets starting pitcher prospect Steven Matz took the hill for the second time this spring Thursday against the Nationals. However, unlike in his first outing when he started the game, on Thursday he followed starting pitcher Jacob deGrom. 

Matz allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in three relief innings. He gave up a home run to Danny Espinosa in the sixth inning, while striking out one batter and issuing one walk. The left-handed hurler has a 1.80 ERA through five innings.

After Thursday's outing, Matz said he would be open to pitching out of the bullpen in the wake of the news left-handed reliever Josh Edgin might need Tommy John surgery. However, general manager Sandy Alderson said it is "highly unlikely" that will happen, per Newsday.


Report: Mets starter Steven Matz has 'no chance' of going to bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Depending on how serious Josh Edgin's elbow injury is, the Mets may be looking for bullpen options. However, LHP Steven Matz will not be one of those options, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Rubin, citing multiple team insiders. 

A starting-pitching prospect who will likely start the season in Triple-A, there is "no chance" that the Mets will move him to the bullpen to help replace Edgin. 


Mets prospect Matz says he improved curveball, command in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz has had a pretty good run in the minors, going 17-16 with a 2.32 ERA over 51 career starts. Although, he admits he made some strides in 2014, going 10-9 with 2.25 ERA in 24 starts between high Class A and Double-A.

"My curveball got a lot better," Matz said, per ESPN. "When I got to Double-A, I just started throwing it more on my sides and stuff. So I think that's why it got better -- just more repetition. It's a 'feel' pitch. So the more I threw it the better I got. 

"And then my walks went down when I got to Double-A [1.9 per nine innings, compared with 2.7 with St. Lucie]. I think I was just getting ahead of hitters. I don't really know why. I just felt like I had more command when I got to Double-A." 

Matz is now considered the Mets' second-best prospect, according to Baseball America.


Mets already consider Steven Matz depth for rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he is reluctant to consider prospect Steven Matz as a reliever out of the bullpen in 2015 because he considers the left-handed hurler as depth for the major-league rotation, according to NJ.com.

"I think we’d be reluctant to throw him in the 'pen," Alderson said. "It is a possibility. You try to go into the season eight or nine deep with starting pitching that you can rely on. He would certainly be in that mix at this point. Taking him out of that mix so he’s not lengthened out or he’s not ready to go if something were to happen -- as it always does -- so it’s unlikely."

The start of Matz's career was delayed for two seasons by Tommy John surgery, but he's been on the fast track since making his pro debut in 2012. He progressed to Double-A last season, and he is 17-16 with a 2.32 ERA in 51 career starts. He also has a 1.17 WHIP and is striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings.

"He was really great all season," Alderson said of Matz's 2014 campaign. "You don’t see a lefthander sitting at 93-94 consistently with the assortment of pitches. He was great this season. Very definitely on the short list at this point."


Mets make several roster moves Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Mets made several roster moves Monday, which included optioning Erik Goeddel, Steven Matz, Josh Edgin and Wilfredo Tovar to the minors. Logan Verrett, Adam Kolarek, Chasen Bradford, Dustin Lawley, Brandon Nimmo, Cory Vaughn, Danny Muno and Kevin Plawecki were also reassigned to minor-league camp.