Bryan Mata Injured List Pitcher

Age: 22
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)
College: ---
High School: ---
ETA: Late 2023

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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 (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2021)
Contract (2022): ~League Minimum
Twitter: -
Instagram: @bryanmata17

  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Tall pitcher's frame. Has filled out considerably since signing, especially in his lower half. High waist and long limbs. Has started to fill out in his upper half as well. Was listed at 160 pounds when he signed. Could stand to watch his conditioning as he matures given how much weight he has added in a short period of time.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with effort in his delivery. Very quick arm. Starts on the first base side and utilizes a full wind-up. Deceptive arm action. 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. Could perhaps stand to slow things down a bit. Release point can get inconsistent and he tends to overthrow at times, especially as he works deeper into games and tires. Delivery has gotten significantly cleaner as he has progressed through the system. Has had trouble finding a consistent arm slot at times. Needs to improve consistency with his delivery.

Fastball: 94-96 mph. Tops out at 100 mph. Pitch sat 96-97 mph in 2020 in shorter outings at the Alternate Training Site. Added significant velocity in 2018; pitch used to sit 90-92, topping out at 94. Occasionally falls into the 91-93 mph range later in outings. Throws two types of fastball, a four-seam at 94-96 mph and two-seam at 91-93 mph. Still learning to harness that velocity and needs to work on command and control. Fastball shows plus sink down in the zone and life when elevated. Command and control still need significant refinement. Too often, he will lose his delivery and release point and his fastball control will suffer as a result. Still struggles to locate arm-side. Potential plus pitch, but a lot depends on how his command ends up.

Slider: 86-90 mph. Added pitch coming into Spring Training 2019. Initially, pitch was longer and looled like a slider at lower velocities and more like cutter when thrown harder. In 2020 looks, pitch is definitely a slider with sharp, late break. Pitch will flash plus potential with depth. Has really taken to the pitch and improved his feel and confidence in it as he has used it more. Pitch gives him another weapon to throw at hitters in a new velocity band.

Curveball: 78-80 mph. 11-to-5 break and two-plane movement. 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. Potential average offering.
  Changeup: 84-86 mph. Throws with deceptive arm speed. Velocity has increased from 82-83 mph as fastball velocity increased. Inconsistent pitch right now. Can be on the firm side, but has had better feel at times in 2020. Has shown the ability to turn the pitch over down in the zone against left-handed hitters on occasion. Potential fringe-average offering, but that grade is fluid and could increase if it looks like it has at times in 2020.

Career Notes: Expected to sign with the Brewers in July 2015 at start of 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 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. Has been promoted aggressively; was youngest player in the South Atlantic League in 2017 and Carolina League in 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.

Summation: Projects as a back-end starter, but delivery and command profile could ultimately push him to the bullpen, where his stuff could play in a late-inning relief role. Ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Has a much better chance to start now after taking to his new slider and cleaning up his delivery. Changeup still needs refinement, but has the potential for a true four-pitch mix with two plus offerings. Has shown the ability to miss bats with all four pitches at various points in his career. After developing physically, harnessing command of his arsenal will be key for his development. Injuries are becoming a concern, particularly after 2021 UCL injury. Will need to continue to watch conditioning as he physically matures. Still is very young and is a very intriguing arm who still has a lot of pitching development left. Tommy John Surgery in April 2021 clouds future starter profile.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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
2022 TBD --- --- Bos 23     stats                            
  Advanced Stats & Splits
  Awards Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2017)
2018 Futures Game All-Star
  2017 Pre-Season All-Star
2018 Pre-Season All-Star
2019 Pre-Season All-Star Pitcher of the Week (April 4-14, 2019) Pitcher of the Month (April 2019) Pitcher of the Week (June 10-16, 2019) Pitcher of the Month (June 2019)
2019 All-Star
2020 Pre-Season All-Star

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