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."