Mets pitcher Steven Matz, who regained his prospect status last year with a stellar season for Low-A Savannah, had knee surgery during the offseason.
Feb 20, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Lucas Duda (21) in spring training action at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Matz divulged Monday that he had surgery to “clean out a knee” (which one wasn’t specified) after the conclusion of last season.
Matz, 22 and a native of Long Island, posted a 2.62 ERA to go along with a 1.17 WHIP in 106.1 innings pitched for Savannah in 2013. The lefty struck out 10.24 per 9.
Matz will likely open this season with High-A St. Lucie, and has a chance to advance to Double-A Binghamton if he continues to excel.
The surgery Matz had on his knee sounds minor, and is hopefully not something that will negatively impact his ascent.
After recovering from Tommy John surgery and regaining his form, Matz put himself firmly back in the Mets’ plans last season. In order to protect Matz from potential selection in the Rule 5 Draft, the Mets added Matz to the 40-man roster after the season.
Matz features a fastball that touches the mid 90s and what some observers call a plus changeup. If he’s able to add another solid secondary pitch, he has a chance to develop into an impact starter at the big league level.