On the Rise: Steven Matz
Ever since Matz was drafted in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft by the New York Mets, Matz has been getting better and better. His combined ERA in 3 seasons in the minors in 2.39 . He’s logged just around a full season of starting pitching with 233 innings. (A major league starting pitcher that never has a DL stint averages 200 innings per year). Matz is 23 years old, and could get promoted as soon as next year, I assume that if he when he does get the call, he will become a valuable lefty specialist, mainly due to the fact that his SO9 (Strike out per 9) totals at 9.5 . Which is relatively high, and that is generally what lefty specialists are asked to do. (Imagine a starter getting 10 strikeouts every game!) At this moment it is fair to say Matz is the most highly sought lefty pitcher in the Mets organization!