Bryan Mata Player Pool Pitcher

Age: 21
Born: May 3, 1999
Birthplace: Maracay, VZ
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(Jan. 2016)
College: ---
High School: ---
ETA: 2022

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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: December 2020
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Pro Debut: June 8, 2016 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
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. Still has some projection in his upper half. Is now clearly heavier than his listed weight (160 pounds at time of writing).

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot with effort in his delivery. Quick arm. Starts on the first base side a utilizes a full wind up. Short, deceptive arm action. Is deliberate going back, then whips arm forward. Arm heavy delivery, doesn't do a great job incorporating his lower half. Works very fast - 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 reportedly gotten significantly cleaner in the 2019 season compared to what it looked like during the 2018 season.

Fastball: 94-96 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. 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, but will flatten out when elevated. Command and control still need refinement Potential plus to better pitch in the future.

Cutter: 86-90 mph. New pitch that he added coming into Spring Training 2019. Pitch is longer and looks like a slider at lower velocities and is more cutter like when thrown harder. Inconsistent shape at present, but will flash plus potential with depth. Has really taken to the pitch and improved his feel and confidence in it as the 2019 season has progressed. Gives him another weapon to throw at left-handed hitters who hit him very hard during the 2018 season. 

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 backdoor the pitch to left-handed hitters. Potential average offering.
  Changeup: 84-86 mph. Thrown with deceptive arm speed. Velocity also increased as fastball velocity increased, from 82-83 mph. Inconsistent pitch right now, but potential fringe-average offering.

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 for what was likely a much smaller bonus. Impressed at 2016 Fall Instructional League. 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. Fit description of unnamed player whom Red Sox declined to include in trade talks during 2016-17 offseason.

Summation: Projects as a back end starter, but could end up in the bullpen where his stuff would tick up and play in a late inning relief role. Has a much better chance to start now since he has taken to his new slider/cutter and cleaned up his delivery. Has a true four pitch mix with potentially two plus offerings. Still is very young and is a very intriguing arm who still has a lot of development left despite already reaching High-A. Even though he is repeating Carolina league in 2019, he still is the youngest player in the league. Has shown the ability to miss bats with all four pitches at various points in his career. With former key - physical development - now occurring, harnessing command of his arsenal will be key for his development. Will need to continue to watch conditioning as he physically matures.

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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 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
2020 - - - - 21     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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