2013 Indians 7th round pick: LHP Kenny Mathews
With their 7th round pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews out of Riverside Community College (CA).
Born: 08/06/1993 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 205 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
Baseball America: 333rd
Perfect Game: 322nd
Tony’s quick take: After only drafting one left-hander last season and not signing one, the Indians have now drafted three lefties with their first six picks. Mathews had a great start to his college career last year at Cal-State Fullerton, but transferred to Riverside CC this season. He struggled with a lat injury this season and it affected his performance and sidelined him for a short time. He does not throw hard at all as he barely touches the high 80s, but he has a nice build, good pitchability, and has a good breaking ball and a changeup that is a plus offering.
Jeff Ellis: Kenny Matthews is to me the most interesting player the Indians have drafted today. He is a big lefty, with a good feel for his pitches. He has plus control and rarely walks anyone, so the hope is that he can add some velocity which could transform his upside. He sits in the mid 80's but his size makes me feel there should be more power in there. He transferred from Cal State Fullerton to Riverside Junior College. He has been a dominant pitcher at both levels and this along with his size and control make him a very interesting player to watch.
The 6'3', 200-pound lefty began his college career at Cal State Fullerton before transferrring to Riverside City College prior to his senior season. Matthews, 19, appeared in 12 games/9 starts for the Riverside Tigers going 3-1 with a 1.23 ERA (8 ER/58.1 IP) wih 52 strikeouts compared to just 2 walks. He limited opposing batters to a .228 average against and allowed just 8 extra base hits. Went 5-4 with a 1.24 ERA (80 SO, 7 BB) in 62.0 innings as a senior at Diamond Bar High School and was selected in the 12th round of the First-Year-Player Draft in 2011 by the New York Mets.
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