Mets Draft Steven Matz 2.0 In The First Round
The Mets had two first round picks last Thursday during the 2016 Draft. Along with using their 19th pick on Justin Dunn, a right-handed fireballer from Boston College, the Mets also took Anthony Kay, a lefty pitcher from UCONN. Both pitchers are from Long Island, the area where Steven Matz first took the hill as a young buck. But the comparisons don't stop there for Matz and Kay. Both pitchers attended Ward Melville High School and were drafted into the MLB directly. Matz chose to enter the Mets organization, whereas Kay attended UCONN for three years prior until getting drafted 31st overall by the Mets again this year.
So far I like what I hear about these two. Dunn has tremendous strength and velocity on his pitches. He typically tops out around 99mph for his fastball. Thats a perfect complement to the current Mets ace, Noah Syndergaard. As for Kay, his numbers don't lie this year for UCONN (9-2, 2.65 ERA) as he's established himself as a deadly lefty with a great change-up as his finish pitch. He might have to establish his curve or add another breaking ball to reach Steven Matz 2.0 status, but overall he has excellent raw talent. Matz has had a lot of high praise for the young man stating,
"I do know when he was a senior, I don't think he gave up one earned run. He has a really good change-up, from what I know. When he threw down in St. Lucie, UCONN versus I can't remember, it was last year I believe, I watched him pitch. And he's got really good stuff."
The two pitchers often cross paths when at home in Long Island, and talk to each other when they can. Let's hope Matz can take him under his wing because I get all sorts of tingly when I think of the Long Island Lefty teaching the ways of the pitcher to Matz 2.0.
Worst comes to worst with these two draft picks, the Mets trade them for a good bat somewhere down the line just like they did with Fulmer for Céspedes, or John Gant and Rob Whalen for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson when they needed to rent players for a playoff push. Teams need young arms to build around, and it seems like Sandy Alderson loves taking that direction when it comes to building his Mets team. Some of his prospects establish themselves in the rotation eventually, and others are used in grabbing necessary bats.