Bryan Mata Salem Red Sox  |  Pitcher


Age: 19
Born: May 3, 1999
Maracay, Venezuela
Height: 6-3
Weight: 160
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not drafted
How Acquired: International
free agent (Jan. 2016)
ETA: 2021

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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 a very low-effort delivery. Mechanics work. Quick arm. Deliberate back, then whips arm forward. Simple but deceptive arm action; looks a little like he is flinging the ball. Works very fast – could perhaps stand to slow things down a bit.

Fastball: 92-94 mph. Tops out at 96 mph. Added significant velocity in 2018; pitch used to sit 90-92, topping out at 94. Occasionally falls into the 91-92 range later in outings. Still learning to harness that velocity and needs to work on command and control. Pitch is heavy with late sink and run. Potential above-average to plus pitch in the future. Likely to add a cutter that could help with deception.

Changeup: 85-87 mph. Thrown with deceptive arm speed. Velocity also increased as fastball velocity increased, from 82-83 mph. Inconsistent pitch right now, but potential above-average offering.

Curveball: 75-78 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.

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 number four starter with the ceiling of a low-end number two starter or high-end number three starter. A very intriguing arm who still has a lot of development left despite already reaching High-A. Already shows the beginnings of at least a three-pitch mix and has a projectable frame that has already added good weight and could add more. Has shown the ability to miss bats with both his fastball and changeup already, though his curveball lags behind. With former key—physical development—now occurring, harnessing command of his arsenal will be key for his development. Addition of a cutter or slider might also help generate more swings on pitches out of the zone.

   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
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: January 27, 2016
Signing Bonus: $25,000
MiLB Debut: -
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
MLB Service Time (through 2018):
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2017)
2018 Futures Game All-Star Awards
2017 Pre-Season All-Star
2018 Pre-Season All-Star






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