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Birth Date5-29-1991
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age23 years, 8 months, 30 days
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ThrowsL
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 KNG Rk 6 6 29.0 4.98 111 .212 .248 .318 .361 .250 .227 108 4.7 0.4 4.7 0.4
2013 SAV A 21 21 106.3 3.42 114 .230 .244 .312 .357 .257 .315 87 17.4 1.8 17.4 1.8
2014 SLU A+ 12 12 69.3 3.98 117 .232 .260 .327 .374 .257 .328 103 9.4 1.0 9.4 1.0
2014 BIN AA 12 12 71.3 3.07 133 .236 .260 .319 .389 .258 .317 104 19.4 2.1 18.0 1.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 KNG Rk 2 1 0 6 6 29.0 16 17 34 1 46% .227 5.0 5.3 0.3 10.6 1.14 1.55 4.7 0.4
2013 SAV A 5 6 0 21 21 106.3 86 38 121 4 55% .315 7.3 3.2 0.3 10.2 1.17 2.62 17.4 1.8
2014 BIN AA 6 5 0 12 12 71.3 66 14 69 3 48% .317 8.3 1.8 0.4 8.7 1.12 2.27 18.0 1.9
2014 SLU A+ 4 4 0 12 12 69.3 66 21 62 0 59% .328 8.6 2.7 0.0 8.0 1.25 2.21 9.4 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-10-15 2013-10-15 Off 0 0 - Knee Surgery Patella Debridement - -
2011-06-21 2011-09-01 Minors 72 0 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-05-18 -
2010-06-22 2010-08-30 Minors 69 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-05-18

Compensation

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Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Contract purchased by NY Mets 11/20/13. Re-signed by NY Mets 3/3/14.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2009 (2-72) (Melville HS, East Setauket, NY). $0.895M signing bonus.

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BP Articles

Steven Matz is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting PitchersBret Sayre2015-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessRumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen ForeverChris Mosch2015-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015: Part 2: 1-50 (plus one)Bret Sayre2015-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Craig Goldstein2015-02-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Ben Carsley2015-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessRumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding AdviceDaniel Rathman2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsJeff Moore2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsMark Anderson2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsBP Prospect Staff2015-02-17
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedMauricio Rubio2015-02-16
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2015-02-16
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Chris Mellen2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Nick J. Faleris2015-02-09
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4Bret Sayre2015-01-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: New York MetsBret Sayre2014-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessBefore They Were Pros: NL EastDavid Rawnsley2014-11-13
This article requires BP Premium accessBefore They Were Pros: NL EastPatrick Ebert2014-11-13
This article requires BP Premium accessBefore They Were Pros: NL EastTodd Gold2014-11-13
The Lineup Card: Nine Teams Whose 2015 Odds Are Too Short or LongBaseball Prospectus2014-11-12
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 ProspectsChris Mellen2014-11-10
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: New York Mets Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2014-11-10
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of September 12-14Jeff Moore2014-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 29-September 1Jeff Moore2014-09-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 28Jeff Moore2014-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 23Jeff Moore2014-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: What Did I Miss: Steven MatzJason Parks2014-07-22
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 17Jeff Moore2014-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of July 3-6Jeff Moore2014-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 27-29Jeff Moore2014-06-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-19
Eyewitness Accounts: Eyewitness Accounts: May 8, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-08
Eyewitness Accounts: Eyewitness Accounts: May 8, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 6Jeff Moore2014-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: April 29, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-04-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, April 24Jeff Moore2014-04-25
PECOTA Takes on Prospects: Introduction: I Now Pronounce You Scout and StatAndrew Koo2014-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects Who Exceeded Our ExpectationsJason Parks2013-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: Prospects Who Exceeded Our ExpectationsBP Prospect Staff2013-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: August 26, 2013BP Prospect Staff2013-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: August 26, 2013Jason Parks2013-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 23-25Zach Mortimer2013-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of August 9-11Zach Mortimer2013-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 15Zach Mortimer2013-07-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 14-16Zach Mortimer2013-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 21Zach Mortimer2013-05-22


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)What pitching prospects ranked 20 and lower will make their big league clubs in 2015? Chi Chi Gonzalez, Jake Thompson, Steven Matz, Aaron Blair, others?
(Karl from San Angelo)
Those first three are good names. Blair has an outside shot. I'd throw Norris, Wisler, and Appel on there as well. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Peraza, Amed Rosario, Reynaldo Lopez, Steven Matz.. all things being equal, which one player is not least likely kept in a dynasty league?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Some double negatives there... I think Matz is the present value/upper minors guy and he has the highest value. Lopez a huge helium arm and Rosario has a chance to be a real premium guy. Pereza is a decent real life player, but 2B prospects... meh. Speed first profile and a lot of questions at the plate. Is his profile (particularly in fantasy) a whole lot different than say... Micah Johnson? (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose between Steven Matz and Henry Owens for the next 12 years, who would you take?
(Bill Clinton from Las Vegas)
Interesting. They actually have some similarities in that the CB came along last for both. I think I'd go Owens - thought it's very close. Owens has such natural deception and he has a double plus offering (Changeup). Matz is older and is a TJ survivor. I do really like Matz and his FB command is superior to Owens. That's something I value highly. I would go so far to say if I had skipped the last Owens start I saw this year I'd probably go Matz. Owens showed me some new tricks that day, though. (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the following prospects for a dynasty league: Josh Bell, Jose Peraza, Steven Matz, Henry Owens, Aaron Judge, Raimel Tapia, and Braden Shipley
(Mitch from Mitchville)
Owens
Shipley
Matz (The three arms are the safest tier and it's basically a pick'em depending on which weaknesses bother you the least)
Tapia
Judge
Peraza
Bell (now a 1B)

On Judge - saw quite a bit of him. I think his tools are so strong and what he does well he does WELL ENOUGH that it will overcome hit tool questions. I'm probably one of the low guys on Judge around here. Pretty funny to me, because two years ago I was arguing with people he was a big league regular where everyone questioned him. Big, stiff, long swing and he's just so big he doesn't really have great control of the bat head or barrel because he's too big to have that kind of fine motor control. Doesn't see breaking or soft well, but a selective hitter anyway. I feel like the problems I saw aren't big issues yet but will get exposed in Double-A. I still really like him and think he's a big league regular. He will also be a very fun player to watch. AVG may be a bigger issue than many anticipate, but it's not going to stop him from being a valuable MLB OF. (Al Skorupa)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Any love for Steven Matz?
(Shea from Stadium )
As a top-75 guy, for sure. That being said, I think I've seen so many "HE'S UNDERRATED" posts/tweets that I don't think he's underrated anymore. (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Bold Prediction: Steven Matz will be a better pitcher than Syndergaard. Smart or stupid?
(Alex from NYC)
Unlikely. Thor is awesome. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, what are your thoughts on Alexander Reyes & Steven Matz? Could both become role 6 type players, or are the concerns for Reyes control & Matz injury pass holding them back of that possibility?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
I covered Reyes in the NL Central prospects piece, and I think that he has all of the basic ingredients to solve his walks issue. He just needs to iron out his timing, which is typically the last thing to come around for a pitcher it can also take the longest. Stay tuned.

Matz is an intriguing prospect, with three potential plus pitches. He put up 140 innings last year, and his Tommy John was back in 2010, so I think that he is breaking free of the injury shackles. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Matz has climbed up the prospect rankings very quickly.. What is his realistic floor/ceiling?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Lots of Matz questions today.

I think that there is a wide gap between the two. I would say that he has the upside of a no. 2, the likelihood of a no. 3, and the floor of a no. 4-5. But he looks like a starter, and I expect him to be productive at the MLB level. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Doug. Henry Owens or Steven Matz? For 2015 and next 6 years. Why?
(Bob from Michigan)
Gimme Matz - I prefer the stuff. Not sure that either will have a big impact in 2015, given the depth ahead of them. Six years is a long way out, but for the next 3 years I prefer Matz. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you thought of doing a writeup on the rapidly ascending Steven Matz? To my untrained eye, it seems like he combines good posture with good momentum in his delivery to go along with his plus stuff and improving command.
(Kyle from NJ)
Good assessment. His balance has some flaws, as he kinda sits into max leg lift with a lean toward 3B and often finishes out in front, but the lefty does get it going with the 2nd gear of momentum and he finishes with very strong posture. He soundsl ike a good candidate for the off-season Bush League series. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Steven Matz?
(Michael from CT)
See above (Doug Thorburn)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Was this a lost year for Noah Syndergaard? What is Steven Matz's ceiling? A lefty with improving control and a big fastball.
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse)
I wouldn't say it's a lost year at all. The PCL is a wasteland for any young pitcher, and in fact, pitching prospects often do better in the big leagues than in that league. I know the stuff has taken a small step back, and he's made a couple of mechanical adjustments. But, the profile is still that of a top of the rotation starter and an impact arm with a plus, plus fastball, plus to plus, plus breaker, and solid avg CH. He'll be fine.

Matz was touched upon by our dearly beloved Jason Parks in his 'what did I miss' series. Definitely an intriguing profile, and could be a middle of the rotation starter. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Steven Matz? His control has gotten better in Double A. I know he's giving up more hits and striking out less, but those numbers for a lefty are still solid. Top 75 prospect?
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse)
I'll punt on the ranking, but there's a lot to like. As Jeff Moore noted http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=72 that velocity comes easy. He's left-handed. He's on the young side for a AA pitcher. Good chance at being seen in 2015 with a real impact in the back/mid rotation in 2016 very much in reach if he doesn't flat line from here. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Whats the potential outlook for Steven Matz?
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse)
After his career ends at the age of 34, Steven Matz will take a year off and live at his grandparents house on Long Island, where he will indulge in some of the finest bagels known to man. Then he will spend a year as a backup left defender for the Slovakian national hockey team, which he will easily make because his middle name is Jakob. No not Jacob, but Jakob, which, along with the name Petr, is one of the world's top Slovakian names.

Due to a lack of playing time a disappointed Steven Matz will return to the United States to start a small business. Unable to secure a loan from the local bank, Matz will turn to Kickstarter to fund his new company, Steven's Matz, which specialized in creating, designing, and distributing the most hip and modern door mats on the market. Thanks in part to a large donation from a 56 year old Craig Goldstein, Matz's business will take off. He will run the company for 40 years before retiring to Clinton, Iowa. He will, at some point, die and the doormat community will miss him dearly. (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)These chats are awesome. Keep up the great work man. What are your thoughts on Steven Matz? I've heard some say he has a #2 ceiling? Reports are that his curveball is really developing. Could give him 3 above average pitches. You a fan of Matz Craig?
(Nick from Seattle)
Thanks Nick. I've heard the same on his ceiling from multiple scouts. I think he's drastically underrated and doesn't get enough press. I'm not about to say I think he'll *BE* a #2, but he's definitely pushed his stock up in my eyes. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Hendricks worth owning in the deepest of leagues? What about Shane Greene? Also whose future do you like better in rate leagues with K/9 Steven Matz or Jake Thompson
(John from Missurah)
Oh yes. In deep leagues you need innings and he will give innings as the Cubs have no SPs. Same with Greene. I prefer Thompson. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Matz has had an excellent season and has had excellent stuff and slowly seems to be putting the injury concerns behind him. Was he in the discussion? I know Mr. Moore likes him.
(josh from Brooklyn)
Some of my best friends in the scouting community love Matz. Here's my guarantee: I will be writing a "What Did I Miss?" on Matz before this season is over. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Starting to hear a lot a buzz about Steven Matz, sp, Mets. Would could you tell me about him?
(scott from az)
I haven't seen Matz yet this year but I have heard very good things from industry sources and others on our BP staff. With potential for three average to above-average pitches, Matz has mid-rotation potential if he can continue building on his progress to date. Here's a link to Jeff Moore's recent scouting report on Matz - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=72 (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Ceiling on Steven Matz? I know Mellen is a fan.
(Steve from NY)
Mid rotation guy, command profile a bit. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Steven Matz could be a top 75 prospect in the offseason if he keeps this up? He can throw 97 with a good change and curve.
(jason from NY)
I'll argue this off-season for Matz's inclusion in the Top-100. I don't know where he'll fall if he makes it, but the back half seems about right. Setting the over/under at 75 isn't crazy, though I'd say he's just under that. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Matz has a 1.88 ERA so far this year. Is he an ace in the making after recovering from TJS?
(Jeff from Florida)
Did I ask this question? I swear I didn't.

I just saw Matz for the first time last week and really liked him. He's not an ace. That gets thrown around waaaaaaaaaay too much. He can be a number two and is more likely a solid number three starter. That's a really good pitcher. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Steven Matz?
(Kevin from NYC)
Jeff Moore wrote Matz up today:

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.
(R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Steven Matz of the Mets? I recently heard Dan Warthen comparing him to Kershaw, which to me sounds crazy, but coming back from TJ, he did pitch well last year. Do you think he'll shoot up prospect lists this year? Could he form a nasty set of pitchers in NY with Harvey, Wheeler, Syndergaard, and Montero sometime in the future? Thanks in advance Matt. I really appreciate the help.
(Jeff from New Hampshire)
First, how perfect is it that Matz plays for the Metz, er Mets? I personally find it perfect.

Comparing anyone, let alone a minor-leaguer coming off TJ surgery to Clayton Kershaw sounds foolish to me. From what I know about Matz, he might be better off in the pen (high stress delivery and undeveloped secondary offerings). Still, it never hurts to have a young guy who can miss bats with his fastball. I feel comfortable saying he's not Kershaw, but he could help the Mets in a few years and we all know they can use all the help they can get. (Matthew Kory)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven Matz has the talent to be a top ___ prospect at the end of the season, assuming no serious injuries. What's his ceiling?
(Mankind from The Boilerroom)
You're looking to see if I'll say Top-101 here. I know you're little tricks. Yeah, if he's healthy he's got good stuff so maybe, but wee need to see more before I can say that with any confidence. I'm going to see St. Lucie twice this week so hopefully he'll throw and I'll have a better answer for you. I haven't seen the pitching match ups yet, but hopefully I'll draw him. Ask me again this weekend if I see him.

Don't worry everyone, I made a sandwich for hour two. Keep the questions coming! (Jeff Moore)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Vegas over/under number of number 2 or better starters from this group: Lewis Thorpe, Julio Urias, Hunter Harvey, Edwin Diaz, Alex Reyes, Jesse Hahn, Steven Matz, Adalberto Mejia.
(huggirl from Joisey)
From that group, one pitcher will develop into a number two starter (or better). I was tempted to say 0. (Jason Parks)


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