Boston Red Sox top pitching prospect Bryan Mata sits at 96-98 mph, 2020 first-rounder Nick Yorke singles off him
Bryan Mata sat at 96-98 mph with his fastball during his two innings in a simulated game at the alternate training site in Pawtucket on Saturday, per PawSox broadcaster Jim Cain.
Mata, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound right-hander who turned 21 in May, pitched in a sim game for the first time since suffering a hamstring cramp Aug. 30.
Baseball America ranks him Boston’s No. 1 pitching prospect and fourth best prospect overall behind Triston Casas, Bobby Dalbec and Jeter Downs.
Watch Mata’s sim game right below.
He throws a four-seamer, two-seamer, slider, curveball and changeup. In 2019, Mata committed to his two-seam fastball while also working hard on developing his slider into his best secondary pitch.
“Just working off that pitch (two-seamer), I feel like right now that’s my best pitch and it just helps me get ahead of hitters,” Mata said during a Zoom call earlier this week. “So that’s