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 Post subject: Round 2/ Pick 72: LHP Steven Matz
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:33 pm 
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Steven Matz.

LHP

6'3"

185.

L/L

Ward Melville HS (NY)

Alternately listed at 6'2" 192.


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Like Hansen, Ward Melville's Steven Matz is projectable, and has seen a spike in his velocity this spring. A left-hander, Matz has touched 94 several times this spring and has sat 90-92 deep into games.

Through the weekend, Matz had allowed just three hits in his first 23 innings, and he delivered a scintillating performance against Patchogue-Medford's Marcus Stroman, a Duke recruit who ranks as one of the top prep players in the state along with Hansen and Matz.

Matz fired a one-hitter, walked four and fanned 12 to outduel Stroman 1-0 with the lone run scoring in the seventh inning. Stroman allowed three hits, walked none and had 14 strikeouts. According to Newsday, both pitchers hit 93, and were still throwing 90-plus in the seventh. Newsday also reported that representatives from every major league team were in attendance.

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"They both topped out at 92, 93, both showed very good pitch selection and they threw first-pitch strikes," one National League scout said. "They both raised their stock today."
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Steven Matz: The LHP out of Ward Melville High School (East Setauket, NY) has produced "average" velocity consistently ranging from 88-92, but has touched 94 and scouts believe he can get stronger and thus throw faster. His curveball is projected to be above-average due to good spin and arm speed and he's also thrown a change-up on occassion, but with little consistency. Matz will be heading to Coastal Carolina.


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HS LH pitcher who touches 94. Sounds like a good pick with all the good college arms gone. And they wouldn't have made the pick unless they knew he would sign. Like tej says, overslot baby.


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The consensus top prep pitching prospect in the Northeast, Matz offers plenty of projection as well as good present stuff. For most of the spring, he sat in the 89-91 mph range, but he routinely ran his fastball up to 93-94, and the pitch has some glove-side life. Scouts particularly like the way he attacks hitters inside with his heater. He also shows a solid-average changeup with good deception that sometimes rates as plus. He began throwing a slider midway through the season, but most scouts prefer his 73-75 mph three-quarters curveball, which flashes average to plus but more often rates as a below-average offering at this stage. Matz has a big, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, but there are some questions about his durability because he had trouble staying healthy for a full season until this year. He also needs to work on his delivery, as he tends to cut himself off and has a head jerk. There is some risk with Matz, but he has enough upside that some team is likely to take him in the top three rounds and buy him out of a commitment to Coastal Carolina.


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"At least a dozen scouts were all there to see a show from Ward Melville's Steven Matz. Matz is a hard-throwing lefty who stands 6-4. His fastball is beaming and he has a great slider.

He didn't disappoint as he hit 95 on the gun at Golden Lion Stadium six times. Although Matz didn't get the win, striking out six in four innings of a 4-2 loss to Connetquot on Saturday, he wowed most of the dozen or so scouts in attendance. "

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Steven Matz: The LHP out of Ward Melville High School (East Setauket, NY) has produced "average" velocity consistently ranging from 88-92, but has touched 94 and scouts believe he can get stronger and thus throw faster. His curveball is projected to be above-average due to good spin and arm speed and he's also thrown a change-up on occassion, but with little consistency. Matz will be heading to Coastal Carolina.


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I like this pick A LOT! Projectable lefty who already throws 90-94......NICE!

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The consensus top prep pitching prospect in the Northeast, Matz offers plenty of projection as well as good present stuff. For most of the spring, he sat in the 89-91 mph range, but he routinely ran his fastball up to 93-94, and the pitch has some glove-side life. Scouts particularly like the way he attacks hitters inside with his heater. He also shows a solid-average changeup with good deception that sometimes rates as plus. He began throwing a slider midway through the season, but most scouts prefer his 73-75 mph three-quarters curveball, which flashes average to plus but more often rates as a below-average offering at this stage. Matz has a big, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, but there are some questions about his durability because he had trouble staying healthy for a full season until this year. He also needs to work on his delivery, as he tends to cut himself off and has a head jerk. There is some risk with Matz, but he has enough upside that some team is likely to take him in the top three rounds and buy him out of a commitment to Coastal Carolina.


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Well this pick will actually get press for taking a local boy.


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Matz will be heading to Coastal Carolina.


http://www.baseballrumormill.com/tags/steven-matz/


Um....I don't think so.


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