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Top 25 Mets Prospects for 2015, #2: Steven Matz

After putting a checkered injury history behind him, the hometown kid is finally making good on his premium talent with an eye towards the top of the Mets rotation.

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Drafted by the Mets in the second round of the 2009 draft (Ward Melville HS - NY).

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Sypa says:

"I’ve been consistently high on Matz for years now, and it’s a great feeling to see the young southpaw not only deliver, but dominate. His final start in the playoffs was one of the most exciting baseball moments I had in 2014. With a little refinement on his offspeed pitches, the Mets could have something very special on their hands. Who needs a 2009 first-round draft pick?"

Rob says:

"After putting himself back on the prospect map in 2013, the 23-year-old stamped his ticket last summer as one of, if not the very best lefthander in all of minor league baseball. His combination of rapidly improving command and a top notch low-to-mid-90s heater from the left side portends a quick transition to the highest levels. His sharpening secondary offerings will ultimately decide how high he climbs.

"I can easily envision a scenario wherein Matz leapfrogs Syndergaard—at least for the near term—much like Jacob deGrom did in 2014. Further, I don't think it's hyperbole to say that Matz could, at times, vie for the top non-Harvey spot in the Mets rotation before all is said and done, and his growing reputation as a big game pitcher certainly won't hurt his chances."