01/17/2020 - 2020 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Matthew is a tall athletic catcher who graduates in 2020. Behind the plate, he has soft hands and tracks the ball into the glove well. His feet are active with a clean transfer when he throws down to second base. Pop time will continue to improve as he progresses through a long toss program. Pitchers show confidence when throwing to Matthew with his ability to block, and keep everything in front. As a hitter, he is very comfortable and looks to attack the ball with a solid exit velocity of 82 MPH. Pre pitch he shows good rhythm with his hands, created good separation in his load. From there he's able to keep his hands inside and uses his quick bat speed to drive the ball to the outfield. Overall, Matthew has multiple tools behind the plate and as a hitter that will show well at the next level.
07/03/2019 - Under Armour Firecracker Classic 18U, powered by Baseball Factory's Team One
Matthew continues to show as a prospect on the diamond. Behind the dish, feet are active as he works in line through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times showed in the low 2.20 range with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process, centering balls well out front. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. At the plate, he shows an athletic setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a solid line drive approach.
05/27/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Jupiter, FL
Matthew is a tall, solid, 1B/C prospect that continues to develop. Behind the plate Matthew provides a big target and tracks the ball well receives the pitch with soft hands. When blocking he works hard to try and work around the ball. Throwing down to second his throws are online to the bag. At the plate Matthew sets up in an athletic and balanced set up. He shows smooth rhythm and fires the hips through. Matthew shows explosive bat speed and good extension showing gap to gap power. At 1B Matthew shows accurate throws around the diamond. He works hard to try and create good fielding angles. Matthew continues to work hard to develop his game, he shows good tools at the plate and is continuing to mature defensively. Graduating in 2020 gives Matthew some more time to develop.
01/06/2019 - College PREP - Jacksonville, FL
Matthew showed well at the event in Jacksonville, Florida. He continues to shine with his swing, which begins with an athletic setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick (85 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields, and shows a feel for the barrel with gap-to-gap pop. Behind the plate, feet work in line to his target through a clean transfer / exchange. Throws are accurate and pop times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss and works to get rid of the baseball quicker. Best time with us currently is a 2.12. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process but can work to get body down sooner. At 1B, he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. Glove action is clean but needs to present more out front. Range is a plus as he moves well laterally and covers a lot of ground.
12/20/2018 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Pirate City - Session 1 (Ages 14-18)
Matthew is an athletic and intelligent 2020 catching prospect that has a solid frame for the position. Behind the dish, Matthew has a balanced primary and athletic secondary stance. He presents a big target, tracks the ball into his glove, and works behind the ball. When blocking he creates angles, and tucks his chin. He has a clean exchange but needs to continue to create momentum in his lower half and have a quicker release on his throws. At the plate, Matthew starts in a squared stance, loads his hands back into the drive position, and creates backside rotation with his lower half. He has fast hands and drives the ball gap to gap. He needs to continue to be on time with his load, get his front foot down on time, and keep a middle approach. Matthew is a leader and we hope to see his progress in the future.
08/02/2018 - Baseball Factory Pro Select Training & Tournament at Historic Dodgertown (Ages 14-18)
Matthew continues to show improvements in his baseball tools. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 2.12 as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. He shows a solid setup and presents a low target. He uses his body through the blocking process and displays quick actions defensively. Matthew is solid both as a blocker and a receiver and does not have many holes at all with his defense. At the plate, he shows a squared setup. He has fluid rhythm while getting good hand separation. Hands are quick and work through an aggressive swing path. He has strength in his swing and stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and is a solid team player. Matthew has improved steadily since we first saw him and he will make a good addition to a college program in 2020.
12/20/2017 - Baseball Factory Christmas Camp & Tournament at Pirate City - Session 1 (Ages 14-18)
Matthew continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate, power potential has improved, now showing well above average abilities through a squared setup. Hands are quick (84 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball utilizing all fields with gap-gap pop. Power will continue to increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. At the event, he was 2 for 7 with a 2B. Behind the plate, pop times showed in the 2.30 range with accuracy on his throws. Feet are active working in line through a clean transfer / exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Glove action is soft as he sticks balls well in the zone. He uses his body well through the blocking process and is a wall behind dish. Leadership traits are a plus as he communicates well and takes charge of game. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and works hard to be the best player he can be.
11/05/2017 - College PREP - Tampa, FL
Matthew is a strong C/1B prospect who will graduate in 2020. Behind the plate, Matthew moves well when blocking balls in the dirt. He presents a good target to the pitcher and receives with soft hands. He throws from over top down to 2B and works in line towards his target. Matthew can improve as a C by sitting in a lower stance behind the plate. At 1B, Matthew makes the routine play and shows good footwork around the bag. He throws from a high 3/4 angle and keeps his throws accurate and on-line towards his target. Matthew can improve as a 1B by getting into a lower fielding position. At the plate, this RHH sets up in a square stance and takes his stride on time. He gets into his load well and comes through the zone with a short swing, leading to square contact and line drives. Matthew can improve as a hitter by loosening his grip on the bat and by working a smoother rhythm into his swing. Overall, Matthew is a solid prospect who has the time and potential to further progress his skills on the field.