Bryan Mata
19-Year-Old PitcherRP
Boston Red Sox A+
7-Day DL
Injury Back
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Mata wasn't the best pitcher in the Sally League last season, but he was easily the youngest and still managed a 3.39 FIP over 17 starts. His 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame screams projection, so while his fastball sits in the low-90s, it is reasonable to expect that pitch to be a plus mid-90s offering in two or three years. He has a very advanced changeup for someone who won't turn 19 until May, and while his curveball is more of a show-me pitch right now, he has plenty of time to refine it. As with any teenage pitcher, his command needs some work, but he is way ahead of schedule in that regard, which is why he was given such an aggressive assignment last season. This is the type of pitching prospect who may not put up monster strikeout numbers until he is in Double-A or Triple-A, so in many dynasty leagues, he doesn't have to be rostered just yet. That said, there is a lot more upside here than meets the eye. Read Past Outlooks
Leaves start with back stiffness
PBoston Red Sox  A+
July 26, 2018
Mata was removed from Thursday's start due to back tightness, Rob Bradford of reports.
Given the time of the year, there was initially some suspicion Mata may have been traded. However, Bradford has since reported that Mata was dealing with some back tightness and that his removal was precautionary. Mata, a top prospect in Boston's system, owns a 3.42 ERA with just one home run allowed over 71 innings.
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Climbs prospect ranks with strong 2017
PBoston Red Sox  A+
November 12, 2017
Mata went 5-6 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and .259 batting average against over 17 starts for Low-A Greenville.
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