Mets to Promote Steven Matz

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported Thursday that the New York Mets are promoting top pitching prospect Steven Matz to the major leagues. The move has not been confirmed by the club.

If the promotion of Matz is in fact occurring, the Mets’ rotation will receive a major jolt. Although already packed with talent, the 24-year-old southpaw was rated as the 33rd-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus before the season. Matz will join Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Niese in one of the better rotations in baseball.

Originally drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft, Matz did not make his minor league debut until 2012 because of an elbow injury that forced him into Tommy John surgery. His first full season came in 2013, when he pitched to a 5-6 record with a 1.17 WHIP with Single-A Savannah. Matz’ breakout season came in 2014. Between High-A and Double-A, he combined for a 10-9 record and a 2.24 ERA. Currently, his 2.19 ERA leads the Pacific Coast League.

“I don’t really have any expectations here,” the New York native told the Daily News in February. “I just try to go and do my work and get better from day to day.”

“It all begins and ends with pitching, and there is some really good pitching here.”

Perhaps Matz will be able to jump-start the Mets offense, which is in the bottom two in the National League in runs scored and batting average. He is batting .304 in 23 at bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. While no trade appears imminent, the club remains interested in a slew of veterans, including Ben Zobrist of the Oakland Athletics and Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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