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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: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 15/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.