Matt Harvey Throwing Heat, Steven Matz Has A Couple Of Setbacks

An article by posted on March 14, 2011

Mike Diaz who contributes to Mets Minor League Blog is at Port St. Lucie and is providing some great feedback from Mets camp.

Regarding Mets 2011 Top Draft Pick Matt Harvey, Mike writes:

Matt Harvey showed why the Mets selected him in the first round. His fastball sat comfortably at 93-95mph with life in the zone. His front side flew open when he tried to overthrow the baseball, but he showed clean and easy mechanics. He threw a power slider (82-84 mph) with good tilt and late bite, and commanded it well. His curveball (80-81) was his best offspeed offering. It had hard two-plane break to it with very tight spin and hard downward break. He also showed a potential plus change-up (83-84), with good arm speed, fade, and sink. His demeanor on the mound was outstanding as well.

He also tells us that Steven Matz, the Mets top pick in 2010, has suffered a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery:

Steven Matz, who did not pitch today, told me he has had a couple of minor setbacks in his rehab stint, but he is on schedule to pitch later this summer for a short-season team.  He will be staying in PSL for extended spring training.

As a former ballplayer and Los Angeles Angels prospect himself, Mike has a keen eye for evaluating players and offers a deeper perspective on Mets prospects that go beyond the usual “he looked great” type comments. You can follow him on Twitter here.

Go to Mets Minor League Blog to see a video of Matt Harvey pitching to Wilmer Flores for those of you want to get a better look at two of the organizations’ top ranked prospects.

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