Boston Red Sox prospect Bryan Mata — the No. 3 pitcher within the group in accordance with Sox Prospects — is making his approach again up the farm system with authority.
He’s proven elite make-up in his growth and seems to have even extra life to his fastball following his most up-to-date process.
“Right-hander Bryan Mata, who underwent Tommy John surgery last April, threw two innings in an extended spring training game — his first competition against batters from another organization since his operation,” The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier wrote on Thursday. “He didn’t allow a hit, struck out five, walked two, and his fastball topped out at 100 mph.”
As Mata works his approach by his rehab, he’ll be part of a gifted roster of pitchers within the higher minor-league ranges. Connor Seabold, Josh Winchowski, Kutter Crawford and now Brayan Bello are on show for Triple-A Worcester whereas Double-A Portland options Brandon Walters, Jay Groome and Chris Murphy, amongst others.
The Red Sox have extra pitching expertise within the minor leagues than they’ve had in years, possibly many years, and Mata figures to affix into that blend with an elite fastball headlining a four-pitch combine.