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2013 Indians 7th round pick: LHP Kenny Mathews

2013 Indians 7th round pick: LHP Kenny Mathews
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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

Pre-draft ranks:

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.

Press release:

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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User Comments

May 19, 2015 - 3:10 AM EDT
I think he is the most amazing pitcher and deserves where he's at today. I'm glad I'm able to say I watched so many of his games and hope that arm heals
I'm so proud of the hunk you are today
February 24, 2014 - 10:29 PM EST
Just a note that the comment from "Tony" below is not from me....Tony Lastoria. It is another Tony.
February 24, 2014 - 10:19 PM EST
Kenny Matthews is definitely somebody you should look out for. He has been working hard and is now throwing in the mid 90's. To me he is one of the MLB's main prospects for the upcoming season. It wouldnt shock me at all to see this kid pitching for the Indians this season. With that said, he is young and only has time to grow stronger and mature on the mound making him one of my top prospects as a pitcher.
June 11, 2013 - 2:36 PM EDT
Agree Shy ...I look at lots of Indians picks and seriously question their ability to see the necassary elements at times, but this kid I can see some real upside trending if he maintains health and figures things out.
June 7, 2013 - 11:38 PM EDT
Looks good, look like he's hard to pick up and has good command and some movement. Looks like a Tommy Milone to me, a quality starter that can eat innings against anybody and keep his team in the game. And yes, if you watch the difference between his warmup and game pitches you can see this guy can throw in the low 90's if necessary. Good pick here...

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