The Blue Jays are seeing the great Steven Matz up to now.
The fickle former Mets lefty has impressed his new workforce in spring coaching as he fights for a spot in Toronto’s rotation.
That continued on Tuesday, when he threw three shutout innings within the Blue Jays’ 4-1 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.
“He’s seemed actually good,” Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo advised reporters afterward. “He’s across the zone with all his pitches, throwing strikes, he seems to be like he’s in command. That’s excellent news for us.”
The Mets traded Matz, 29, this offseason for 3 pitching prospects — Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winckowski. Winckowski was later flipped to the Crimson Sox in a three-team commerce that landed speedy outfield prospect Khalil Lee.
Matz’s up-and-down time in Queens hit a low-point in 2020 when he was moved to the bullpen throughout a season during which he had a 9.68 ERA.
“I obtained a little bit carried away final yr,” Matz stated in his introductory Blue Jays Zoom name in late January. “I used to be beginning to throw a little bit tougher, stuff like that, as an alternative of actually going again to what I did developing by the minor leagues all the way in which to my big-league profession. (I’ve) simply (been) engaged on that fastball command.”
The Lengthy Island native now appears to be in fine condition to begin the season within the rotation, thanks partly to a hamstring damage by highly-regarded prospect Nate Pearson. In response to Sportsnet, Matz threw 43 pitches on Tuesday and produced 9 swings and misses. His fastball averaged 94.8 mph.
“I’m feeling actually good,” Matz stated. “Simply to have the ability to throw all my pitches for strikes in any depend, that’s large for me presently of yr. I can actually construct off that.”