3. Steven Matz, LHP, 24-Years Old
The tough part about putting this rotation in order comes at the No. 3 spot.
Based on merit, it would go to somebody else. But based on talent and managerial want-to, it goes to lefty Steven Matz.
Not even in MLB yet, many feel like Matz is going to end up being the best of the five. As a 6’2” 192 lanky lefty, Matz was a second-round choice for New York during the 2009 entry draft.
Unlike Harvey, Matz’s fastball only tops out around 93 miles per hour. However, it’s extremely lively and his control is spot-on. His secondary pitch is a slow high-70s curveball which breaks like a bandit.
Scouts say his change-up has come a long way, and it’ll be the make or break pitch for the kid.
Furthermore, Matz is a local kid from East Setauket, NY. The organization is so floored and so ready for Matz that they’ve reportedly been shopping Jonathan Niese and Dillon Gee will reckless abandoned.
After all, his stat-line this season of six wins, 2.30 ERA and 81 strikeouts in just 78.1 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas (where the ball flies out of the park) is simply amazing.