The New York Mets are in a great position when it comes to their farm system and the prospects that are starting to trickle into the big leagues. There are so many of these prospects that some get overshadowed, forgotten, and thrown aside. However, Steven Matz is making strides to not become that kind of prospect. In his quest to make his major league debut, he has generated a good amount of hype. The big question in people’s minds when it comes to Matz, however, is, should they believe the hype?
Let’s dive in.
Steven Matz was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft and had a rocky time in the farm system until 2012. He was described by scouts as a guy with a large and athletic frame who had the potential to become an effective southpaw on the mound.
However, after a string of prospects that turned out to be real producers on the major league level like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Zach Wheeler, Matz was kind of put on the back burner for a little bit. Another contributing factor to his lesser-known status is the questions that were raised in terms of his performance post Tommy John surgery.
These questions were more or less answered after his 2014 campaign with AA Binghamton.
He had a spectacular season for AA in 2014 and people started to take notice of him. In his 71 IP, he posted a 2.28 ERA, a 1.127 WHIP, with 69 strikeouts and 14 walks.
After that great season in the minors, Matz has been drawing a lot of comparisons to Jacob deGrom of all people and even pitchers like Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner he has been showered with nothing but praise.
So, with Matz looking to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas, will Matz be able to produce from here on out?
I personally think that the hype surrounding him is a little too much for a pitcher who hasn’t even pitched in AAA yet but I think people need to be on the look out for this guy as early as the start of the 2016 season.
So, how about you? Are you riding the Matz hype train or are you going to wait for the next one?