Legends On Deck

Prospects on Deck: P Bryan Mata – Red Sox

During the 2015-2016 MLB International signing period, the Boston Red Sox inked 18 pitchers, three of which are still in professional baseball. Of the three, Gregory Santos made his MLB debut in 2021 with the San Francisco Giants and is currently in their bullpen and Oddanier Mosqueda is still in Boston’s organization and pitching in the bullpen for Double A Portland.

Bryan Mata, who is #7 on the Top Prospects list for the Red Sox, is currently making his way back from TJ Surgery that shut down his 2021 season. Prior to the time off, he pitched on August 31, 2019 and threw 7 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 5 BB, 9 Ks.

In 2020, he was invited to MLB spring training but then the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the entire minor league baseball world.  Then in April of 2021, he underwent Tommy John surgery which caused him to miss the entire season.

In 2022, he was supposed to start the season with the Worcester Red Sox, but he took a detour after being placed on the 7-day injured list on April 5, 2022. On June 4, 2022, Mata was back on the mound in his comeback game starting for the Salem Red Sox (Low A) and in two innings, he gave up an unearned run, two walks and struck out two. He was sent to the Greenville Drive (High A) and out of his three starts, that spanned June 10th to June 22nd, he had his best game on June 16th, with four shutout innings, giving up one hit, with three walks and eight strikeouts.

The 23 year old right hander, finished the month of June with the Portland Sea Dogs, tossing 3.1 innings in relief, giving up two hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts.

In July, Mata was 1-2 in five starts with a 2.08 ERA, allowing 15 hits, five earned runs, three home runs, 12 walks and 27 strikeouts. He started the month of July with three strong starts, tossing 13 innings, allowing eight hits, no unearned runs, seven walks, and 19 strikeouts. In the last two games of the month, he gave up five earned runs, but opponents were still hitting just .185 against him as he struck out eight batters in 8.2 innings.

August has been a very good month so far for Mata, as he is 3-0, with a 2.04 ERA and has tossed 17.2 innings, with 13 hits, four earned runs, eight walks and 19 strikeouts.

The Maracay, Venezuela  native has been working hard to get back to his previous form where the stars were shining for a fast trip to the majors. After moving through the system quickly this summer, and as he continues to get stronger, there isn’t much doubt that by next season Bryan Mata will make his Major League debut.

Another rising star in the Red Sox farm system.

 

 

David Conde
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