After an uneven performance during his first start for Double-A Binghamton, Steven Matz was fantastic on Saturday night, tossing six innings of dominant ball for the BMets.
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
In those six innings of work, Matz held the Altoona Curve scoreless while allowing five hits, walking one and striking out nine.
Matz’ fastball sat in the low to mid-90s throughout the game, his curve looked like a plus offering throughout, and he mixed in his changeup at times to keep Altoona even more off balance.
It’s highly unlikely that Matz will finish the 2014 season anywhere but Double-A, but his relatively advanced age (23) and performance could lead to him opening the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas – putting him just a phone call away from the majors.
There are still some who think that Matz will end up in the bullpen, but there’s absolutely no reason for the Mets to even ponder such a move at this point.
Matz has both the size and stuff to not just start, but to potentially be a number two starter in a good rotation.
Left-handed starters who can dial it up to 95 + and feature a plus curveball are few and far between. If Matz can harness his changeup and have it be just an average offering, his potential will soar even further.
Over the last year and a half, Matz has dominated Low-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie. If he can do the same for Double-A Binghamton during the rest of 2014, Matz will likely be in position to make his big league debut at some point in 2015.