Bryan Mata Salem Red Sox Pitcher

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

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: January 27, 2016
Signing Scout: Eddie Romero & Alex Requena
Signing Bonus: $25,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2020
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
   
MiLB Debut: June 8, 2016 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): 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 delivery 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 drop as he works deeper into games and tires.

Fastball: 91-95 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 91-92 range later in outings. Throws two types of fastball, a four-seam at 93-95 mph and two-seam at 91-93 mph. Still learning to harness that velocity and needs to work on command and control. Four-seam is on the straight side, especially when up in the zone while two-seam is heavy with late sink and run. Potential above-average to plus pitch in the future.

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 above-average offering.

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.
  Slider/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 flashed average potential in limited look. Gives him another weapon to throw at left-handed hitters who hit him very hard during the 2018 season.

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: Ultimate role is to be determined. Likely will end up in the bullpen where his stuff could tick up and play in a sixth or seventh inning relief role. If he takes to his new slider/cutter and tightens up his command and control could develop into a back end starter. 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 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. Will need to continue to watch conditioning as he physically matures.

Links
Scouting Scratch (10.4.16)
Notes from the Field (3.22.17)
 
   
     
    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 Stats                                          
2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 20     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (June 2017)
2018 Futures Game All-Star
  2017 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 4-14, 2019)
 
   

   
     
 
   
 
     
 
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