February 9, 1994
St. Louis, MO
4th round, 2015 ; 23rd round, 2012 by St. Louis
College: Missouri State
School: Westminster Christian Academy (MO)
2015 Top 40 Season in Review
Scouting Scratch (7.20.16)
Description: Looks his listed height and weight of 6-foot-0, 200
pounds. Doesn’t stand out physically. Minimal projection remaining, but
could stand to get stronger, but strneght has stayed stagnant into
Hit: Starts square
with his hands high and has a wide base. Utilizes a toe tap and ends in a
good hitting position. Average bat speed and has length in his swing.
Looks to inside-out the ball often, and makes a lot of weak contact either
on the ground to the left side or in the air to right field. Will struggle
against velocity as he moves up the ladder. Approach is still on the
rudimentary side. Needs to cut down on the swing-and-miss in his game.
Overall below-average hit tool.
Power: Not a
major part of his game. Lacks the bat speed or loft in his swing to
profile as a power threat. Struggles to square the ball up to left field,
with almost all of his contact in the air to right side of second base.
Below-average raw power and power potential.
Average arm strength, but is accurate and would profile at all three
Field: Potential solid-average
defender. Makes up for his lack of speed with solid instincts, a quick
first step, and good reads, taking efficient routes.
Fringe-average speed, but solid instincts on the base paths that will allow
him to steal a handful of bases a year.
Son of former University of Michigan and Major League catcher and manager Mike Matheny. Participated in 2015 and 2016
Fall Instructional League.
Potential fifth outfielder if everything turns out right.
Doesn’t have any tool that projects to be better than average. Even though
he lacks speed, his defensive profile and versatility could prove valuable
in a bench role. Defensive profile takes some pressure off bat, but will
still have to show he can hit enough to keep pitchers honest. Most likely
role is high minors depth.