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April 29, 2014

Notes from the Field

April 29, 2014

by BP Prospect Staff


Florida State League

(Jeff Moore)

Brandon Nimmo, CF, Mets (St. Lucie)
Well built for 21, yet has a frame that will support more weight. Classic left-handed stance, quiet hands with a slight knee bend; swing is short and quick with a slight uppercut; generates natural backspin on the ball, which helps project above-average future power. He doesn't know how to drive the ball yet, but when he does the power will come and the doubles will turn into home runs. Extremely patient approach at the plate; absolutely will not expand the strike zone, even in RBI situations. Plus runner underway but not an explosive first step. Should be able to stay in center field for the foreseeable future.

Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (St. Lucie)
Explosive fastball that the lefty commanded well overall, though much better arm-side. Pulled it inside a number of times when trying to hit inside corner to right-handed hitters. Fastball sat 92-94 throughout the outing. Curveball was 76-78 with a hard, two-plane break and he commanded it well; not afraid to backdoor it to right-handed hitters, but also buried it inside at their feet; changed approach throughout the game to keep hitters off balance. Changeup is a work in progress but was effective; movement was inconsistent—some had decent arm-side fade while others were relatively flat—but even the ones that had little movement missed bats because of location, change in velocity, and arm speed. Featured a quick arm and soft landing on front leg; delivery was smooth and featured little wasted movement or effort; does a good job of getting out over his front side.

Because of his fastball command and ability to use curveball against right-handed hitters, Matz should have no problem staying as a starter. If his changeup continues to develop and gains consistency, he could develop into a no. 2 starter. Poised to move quickly now that he's healthy and shouldn't be in the FSL for long.

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