Bryan Mata Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 24
Born: May 3, 1999
Birthplace: Maracay, VZ
Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Jan. 2016)
ETA: 2024

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: January 27, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Eddie Romero & Alex Requena
Signing Bonus: $25,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 8, 2016 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2020
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/24): 0 days
Options Remaining: 0 (2021, 2022, 2023)
Contract (2024): $740,000
   
Twitter: @bryanmata
Instagram: @bryanmata17

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall, sturdy pitcher's frame. Has filled out considerably since signing, especially in his lower half. High waist and long limbs. Has filled out in his upper half as well. Was listed at 160 pounds when he signed. Returned from Tommy John surgery in very good condition, but seemed less athletic in 2023.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with significant effort in his delivery. Very quick arm. Starts on the first base side and does not utilize a wind-up, although he has in the past. Somewhat deliberate going back, then whips arm forward. Arm-heavy delivery, does not do a great job incorporating his lower half but has gotten better at doing so in recent years. Works fast, which can cause his delivery to get out of whack. Release point can get inconsistent and he tends to overthrow at times, especially as he works deeper into games and tires. Needs to improve consistency with his delivery.

Fastball: 95-97 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Velocity tails off as he works deeper into games. Throws both a four-seam and sinker. Needs to work on command and control. Fastball shows sink down in the zone and some life when elevated, though it is easier to hit than you would expect given its velocity. Too often, he will lose his delivery and release point and his fastball control will suffer as a result. Struggles to locate arm-side; has a tendency to yank glove-side. Pitch sat 96-97 mph in 2020 in shorter outings at the Alternate Training Site and was still sitting there after he returned from Tommy John in 2022. Added significant velocity in 2018; pitch used to sit 90-92, topping out at 94. Potential plus pitch, but how effective the pitch is depends on how his command develops.

Slider: 87-90 mph. 11-to-5 shape. Inconsistent feel in 2023. Has not constantly snapped the pitch off since return from Tommy John surgery and the pitch has shown the tendency to roll to the plate. Added the pitch before Spring Training 2019. Prior to his injury, he had really taken to the pitch and showed improved feel and confidence in it as he used it more. Pitch will flash above-average, but lack of consistency drags it down as it will also show below-average in some outings. Potential average-to-better offering.

Curveball: 78-81 mph. Vertical shape. When he snaps it off, pitch will show depth. Can throw pitch in the zone and is comfortable doing so. Will often use to steal a strike early in the count, but has shown the ability to backdoor the pitch to left-handed hitters when ahead in the count as well. Will flash more potential, but lack of consistency pulls down grade. Potential fringe-average offering.
  Changeup: 89-92 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Pitch is on the firm side, but feel is improving and pitch shows late fade. Has shown the ability to turn the pitch over down in the zone against left-handed hitters on occasion. Used to be much slower at 82-83 mph. Potential average-to-better offering, but that grade is fluid.

Career Notes: Expected to sign with the Brewers in July 2015 at the start of the international signing period, but a groin injury derailed that agreement and he rehabbed the injury on his own before signing with the Red Sox in January 2016 for what was likely a much smaller bonus. Impressed at 2016 Fall Instructional League. Fit description of (and likely was) unnamed player whom Red Sox reportedly declined to include in trade talks during 2016-17 offseason. Started the 2017 season in extended spring training before being promoted to Greenville at the end of May. Was promoted aggressively early in his career: was the youngest player in the South Atlantic League in 2017 and in the Carolina League in both 2018 and 2019. Pitched just once after July 10 in 2018 due to a back injury. Missed a month with shoulder soreness in 2019. Pitched at the Alternate Training Site in 2020, suffering a hamstring injury in late August that caused him to miss his last couple of starts. Participated in the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Suffered a slight UCL tear in March 2021 and underwent Tommy John Surgery on April 13, 2021. Participated in the Fall Performance Program in 2021 as a rehabber. Returned to games on a rehab assignment in June 2022 and returned to Portland and was activated at the end of that month. Participated in 2023 Rookie Development Program. Once again hit the injured list in May 2023 with a right teres major strain that kept him out until the very end of the Triple-A season, when he made two relief appearances. At least one player development coach made pointed comments after the injury questioning Mata's work quality between starts. Selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League in 2023.

Summation: Potential multi-inning relief arm. Ceiling of a late-inning relief arm. Trending heavily to the bullpen because he still struggles with command and consistency between outings and as he works deeper into games, has struggled to stay healthy, and will be out of options after 2023. Type of arm that would be more effective in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. At his best, will show the potential for a true four-pitch mix with two potential above-average offerings. Injury risk is also a major concern, as he has not made it through a full season healthy, which also points towards a future bullpen role.

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    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 Drive 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 Red Sox Car A+ Bos 19 6 3 0.667 3.50 17 17 0 72.0 58 33 28 1 58 61 1.61 1.05 7.63
  2019 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 20 3 1 0.750 1.75 10 10 0 51.1 38 18 10 1 18 52 1.09 2.89 9.12
  2019 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 20 4 6 0.400 5.03 11 11 0 53.2 54 32 30 6 24 59 1.45 2.46 9.89
  2019 Peoria Javelinas AFL Fall Bos 20 0 0 --- 5.23 8 0 0 10.1 5 6 6 0 11 10 1.55 0.91 8.71
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 21 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 DNP-Injured --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
2022 Salem Red Sox Car A Bos 23 0 0 --- 0.00 1 1 0 2.0 0 1 0 0 2 2 1.00 1.00 9.00
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 23 0 1 0.000 4.00 3 3 0 9.0 6 4 4 1 6 15 1.33 2.40 15.00
2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23 5 2 0.714 1.85 10 9 0 48.2 35 14 10 4 23 58 1.19 2.52 10.73
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 23 2 0 1.000 3.47 5 5 0 23.1 19 9 9 0 15 30 1.46 2.00 11.57
  2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 24 0 3 0.000 6.33 9 7 0 27.0 29 21 19 1 30 28 2.19 0.93 9.33
  2022 Glendale Desert Dogs AFL Fall Bos 24 0 0 --- 8.00 9 0 0 9.0 11 9 8 0 2 11 1.44 5.50 11.00
  2024 Boston Red Sox IL MLB Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2017)
2018 Futures Game All-Star
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (August 2022)
  2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 4-14, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (April 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 10-16, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Month (June 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2020 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 15-21, 2022)
2022 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2022 SoxProspects.com Comeback Player of the Year
2023 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star 
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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