Acquired: Signed as an amateur free
agent out of the Dominican Republic.
R T: R / Height:
6' 4" / Weight:
October 26, 1987
Team: Gulf Coast League Phillies
in 2007: 12 g / 8 gs
Repertoire: Miguel Matos is a hard throwing right-hander who
gets good movement on his fastball, making him tough to hit. His secondary
pitches aren't fully developed, but his change-up is getting better and could be
a good compliment to his fastball. His slider and curve are works in progress
and he's sometimes prone to sticking a little too much with his fastball, which
is good enough to get hitters out at the lower levels of the minors, but will
need some other pitches to work off of as he moves to higher levels.
Pitching Style: As with many young pitchers, Matos found out first
hand that when you face better hitters, they're more likely to take advantage of
mistakes. Matos relies on location with his fastball and is generally a
strikeout pitcher who gets slightly more groundball outs than he does fly ball
outs. His control is good, but when he misses, it's generally up in the zone,
which gets him into trouble.
Projection: For now, Matos projects as either a back of the rotation
starter or a journeyman type reliever. His future is going to depend on how well
and how quickly his secondary pitches develop. His basic numbers look pretty
good, but opponents hit him at a .260 pace last season and that was in the Gulf
Coast League. The Phillies aren't sure how to use him and are leaning toward
having him pitch out of the bullpen, but want him to get more innings right now
to work on his secondary pitches. Matos had a very impressive 2006 season in the
Dominican Summer League and the transition to pitching in the states went
relatively well for him, giving some hope that he can fix some flaws and become
a higher projected prospect than he is right now.
Miguel Matos' career stats
|2006 Dominican League
|2007 GCL Phillies