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August 6, 2022

Athletics

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Mata Minors RHP 3.8 3 3.8 4.6

Red Sox

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
9 Comments
  1. DJ dajuba

    Grover,

    We’re going to the Seadogs vs Seawolves (Detroit Tigers) tonight. Mata is scheduled to start. He is still working his way back from surgery. He had suffered a slight UCL tear in March 2021 and underwent Tommy John Surgery on April 13, 2021. He is on the 40 man roster & I believe after this year he will only have 1 option year remaining. I will try to give some thoughts on him after seeing him, but I’m going to have 3 grand kids with me so….I’m also hoping to see the Tigers Catcher Dillion Dingler.

    Bryan Mata; https://www.soxprospects.com/players/mata-bryan.htm

    Summation: Projects as a back end starter or multi-inning relief arm with premium stuff to handle a late inning role if necessary. Ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Still has a wide range of outcomes as he makes his return from Tommy John surgery. Raw stuff is back, but feel for secondaries and command come and go within outings. Might be able to start, but could be more effective in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. Delivery still has effort and will need to see how his stuff holds up over longer, 5-6-inning stints and when pitching on a consistent starter’s schedule. Will show the potential for a true four-pitch mix with two potential plus offerings. Has shown the ability to miss bats with all four pitches at various points in his career. Harnessing command of his arsenal will be key for his development. Injury risk had become a concern even pre-Tommy John surgery, as he last made it through a full season healthy in 2017. Tommy John Surgery in April 2021 clouds future starter profile.

    • Nathan Thompson

      Sounds like a fun night.

      Mata does have an option remaining for 2023 and could be eligible for a 4th year option because of his lost 2021 season.

      I hope you enjoy the game and especially the grandkids.

      • DJ dajuba

        I brought a a small note pad & pen and this is what I wrote down as the game went on;

        Wicked hot, thick muggy night on Star Wars Night at Hadlock field.

        Mata opens throwing 97, strikes out 2, delivery looks smooth & easy to me.

        2nd inning Mata throws a 79mph breaking ball that barely got out for a hr.

        6k’s through 4, 2 BB, 2er. Fastball sits 96 – 97 consistently, saw 99 once, has thrown FB, changeup, slider, and a few 78 – 79 breaking balls. Real calm on the mound, works fast (well, pitch clock helps, I like it & can’t wait for it to get to the majors).

        Lead off walks in 3rd (5 fastballs in a row only 1 for a strike) & 5th innings, (I don’t like that). But he did follow it up with a 4-6-3 dbl play in the 5th. Both times he came out and almost looked disinterested to me, I don’t know if that’s just his demeanor or maybe the weather but I like to see a little more bulldog & fire. Then again maybe I’m just overthinking it.

        6th inning and to me it looks like he’s getting worn out. Could be the weather, approaching 80 pitches, he is up to 3 BB’s. Still, he really hasn’t given up any real hard contact. A weak fly ball that just got out, a dbl down the 1st base line that a good 1B would of at least knocked down saving a run, a seeing eye single between 3rd & SS.

        Mata goes 5 2/3, leaves with 2 outs & the bases loaded after a walk, a single & walk. 4 hits, 1hr, 5rns, 4er, 5bb, 6K’s, 89 pitches 51 strikes. I just think he needs more work. He needs to start limiting those walks though, it’s becoming a trend. The home run ball as well. I think he will be real interesting come next years camp. Real hot muggy night, you could see him just run out of gas in the 6th. ERA sits at 2.93 now

        Alex Binelas crushed a 3 run shot over everything in RF, wow! That’s 8 since his promotion to AA in just over 115 AB’s & 22 home runs combined between AA & A in just under 400 AB’s. I’m not impressed with him at 1B though.

        I think I need to start paying more attention to 1B/COF/Catcher/DH Stephen Scott.

        David Hamilton looks like he has real good range at 2B & turns the dbl play well. He looks good defensively.

        And I know I’ve said this before, but my goodness, Rafaela may be small in stature but he plays very large, (2/4 with 2dbls, rbi), I really do see some Mookie Betts in him especially the enthusiasm, hustle, smile, and he can play. He looks real good to me. And to everybody sitting around us. And, he has slashed 280/332/514 in just under 200 AB’s since his promotion. I’m thinking the helium is real.

        Jacob Wallace throwing 97mph fastballs & 86mph changeup to close it out. Seadogs win 6 – 5.

        Seawolves have a tall lanky kid named Workman playing 3B, he looked real, real good defensively tonight. Made 2 nice plays & showed strong throwing arm, I need to check into him more. Nice at bat & hit to RF in the 9th when down by 1.

        • Nathan Thompson

          Great notes.

          Mata caught my eye back in 2017, what I liked was the the ability to throw strikes with stuff that had a lot of projection. I’m glad to hear that he’s recovered his fastball and after a two plus year lay-off I’m guessing he’s fairly close to his 2022 innings cut-off.

          I’m not sure Boston protects Hamilton on the 40 man this winter. The bat needs work.

          Then again… I’m not sure what Boston is doing with their roster.

          It sounds like the grandkids cooperated and you had a good time. Thanks again for the notes.

  2. DJ dajuba

    I think Mata might be a trade candidate. Bloom seems to be moving on from anybody who is not his pick/signing. Hamilton probably gets protected just because he traded for him.

    Also, on a side note;

    Luis Perales (19) & Luis De La Rosa (20) are 2 players that were being talked heavily about from some people I know from the ballpark who’s opinion I listen to & trust. Both are SP with Perales still in the Florida Complex League & De La Rosa was just recently promoted from the FCL to Salem Low A Ball and needs to be added to the 40 man this December or he could be lost to the rule 5 draft. They both seem to have a lot of helium right now.

    • DJ dajuba

      Luis De La Rosa pitched three no-hit innings with four strikeouts out of the bullpen in the 6-5 Salem Red Sox game one loss in today’s doubleheader. The 20-year-old righty has a 2.12 ERA over 17 innings with 19 strikeouts to four walks since being called up from the FCL.

      • DJ dajuba

        Between Salem and the FCL this season, De La Rosa has an ERA of just 1.72 with 39 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings. Acquired from the Royals in the Andrew Benintendi trade, De La Rosa has shown an advanced feel for his age with a four-pitch mix. He does lack premium velocity, but with his age and athleticism, there is still hope that he can grow into it.

  3. DJ dajuba

    Like I said , I think I need to start paying more attention to him;

    Stephen Scott ties the game 1-1 in Portland with a solo home run (6) in the bottom of the second inning.

    • DJ dajuba

      Stephen Scott when 1-for-3 with a walk, and a home run (6) in today’s 6-4 Portland Sea Dogs loss. The 25-year-old catcher has slashed .267/.416/.514 over 137 PA since his promotion to Double-A.

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