Bryan Mata Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher


Age: 19
Born: May 3, 1999
Maracay, Venezuela
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (Jan. 2016)
ETA: 2021

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Scouting Scratch (10.4.16)
Notes from the Field (3.22.17)  

Physical Description: Tall pitcher's frame. Has filled out considerably since signing, especially in his lower half. High waist and long limbs. Still has some projection in his upper half. Looks heavier than listed weight.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with a low-effort delivery. Mechanics work. Quick arm. Deliberate back, then whips arm forward.

Fastball: 90-92 mph. Tops out at 94 mph. Heavy pitch with late sink. Will show cut at lower velocities. In the early stages of developing command and control. Could add more velocity as he fills out his frame. Potential plus offering in the future.

Changeup: 82-83 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Has shown in flashes the ability to turn it over with late fade away from left-handed hitters. Potential plus offering, but inconsistent at present.

Curveball: 76-77 mph. 11-to-5 break and two-plane movement. When he snaps it off, pitch will show depth. Can throw pitch in the zone. Potential average offering.

Career Notes: Impressed at 2016 Fall Instructional League. Started the 2017 season in extended spring training before being promoted to Greenville at the end of May. Was youngest player in the South Atlantic League in 2017. Fit description of unnamed player whom Red Sox declined to include in trade talks during 2016-17 offseason.

Summation: Long way to go developmentally, but a very intriguing arm. Has the profile of a potential mid-rotation starting pitcher. Already shows the beginnings of a three-pitch mix and has a projectable frame. Has shown the ability to miss bats with both his fastball and changeup already, though his curveball lags behind. Physical development will be key given how skinny he is at present.

   Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2016 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 4 4 0.500  2.80 14 14 0 61.0 54 23 19 2 19 61 1.20 3.21 9.00
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 18 5 6 0.455 3.74 17 17 0 77.0 75 34 32 3 26 74 1.31 2.85 8.65
  2018 Salem Car A+ Bos 19     stats                            
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: January 27, 2016
Signing Bonus: $25,000
MiLB Debut: -
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2017)
2018 Futures Game All-Star Awards
2017 Pre-Season All-Star
2018 Pre-Season All-Star






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