Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (63) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Matz continues to excel for Double-A Binghamton

Steven Matz, who was promoted from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton in mid-June, has been fantastic for the BMets since a shaky first start.

In 54.1 innings pitched spanning nine starts, the 23-year-old Matz has posted a 2.48 ERA while allowing 52 hits, walking just 12 batters, and striking out 49.

Matz’ BB/9 rate in Binghamton is the best it’s been during his professional career.

Over his first two starts in August, Matz has combined to throw 13 scoreless innings while striking out 12 and walking three.

At 123.2 innings for the season, and having thrown 106.1 innings in 2013, it’s very likely that Matz has roughly 15 innings left this season.

A key for Matz since being promoted to Double-A has been an increased reliance on his emerging curve, which he’s using in tandem with his electric fastball and solid changeup.

Thoughts:

Since putting his health issues behind him prior to the 2013 season, Matz has again emerged as a tremendous prospect.

Most feel that Matz profiles as mid-rotation starter, but it’s clear that his upside is higher than that.

Throwing from the left side with a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and touches the high-90s, a changeup, and a curve that’s getting better and better, the sky really is the limit for Matz.

There’s no reason for Matz to see any time in Double-A Binghamton to start 2015. Instead, he should begin the year with Triple-A Las Vegas, just a phone call away from the Mets and his major league debut.

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