In the words of Gnats' manager Luis Rojas, "he looked really good." He struck out one and gave up a run, but reportedly located his fastball well. Matz, of course, was the Mets first pick, in the second round of the 2009 draft, but has not thrown a professional pitch after Tommy John Surgery in May 2010. I still think Matz, who will turn 21 in May, is a long-shot to break spring training with the Gnats, but it's nice to even hear about him pitching in spring training games for the first time.
Other guys who pitched Tuesday:
Comments: I gave Hilario a little consideration for this year's Top 41 list. The hard-thrower had a nice year in the GCL in 2011 when he ran a 2.81 ERA and fanned 34 against 15 walks in 41.2 IP. Ultimately, the fact that he will turn 22 in 2012 worked against him.
DeGrom was a ninth round pick in 2010, out of Stetson, but missed the entire 2011 season after surgery. He played shortstop for his first two seasons at Stetson before switching to the mound as a junior.
Vazquez is a little lefty (5'11", 180), who was a mainstay in the Brooklyn Cyclones' rotation a year ago where he fanned 52 and walked 14 in 67.1 IP.
Notable Position Players from a-ball on Tuesday
Outfield: Brandon Nimmo - CF. Gilbert Gomez - RF. Joe Tuschak - LF
Comments: Whoa, this is a fast, athletic outfield. I gave Gomez, who turned 20 a little over a week ago, a little Top 41 consideration, after he hit .307/.388/.547 for St. Lucie in 22 games over a few weeks last summer. What kept him off? Perhaps the .248/.323/.355 in 38 games in the GCL earlier in the summer. Gomez had one of the better offensive days with a two hits.
Chase Greene followed Nimmo in CF.
Infield: Yucarybert De La Cruz - 3B. Justin Schaeffer - 2B Alex Sanchez - 1B, Jonathan Clark - DH
At this level, I'm less interested in what any individual player did on any early day in spring training, than in who played. And it's cool to hear Matz threw well.