The Blue Jayes added another pitcher late Wednesday night, receiving Steven Matz from the Mets in exchange for three right pitchers: Sean Reid-Foley, Yenski Diaz and Josh Winkowski.
Metz is coming off the 2020 season, but Blue Jayce ranked in the Auban range in his system, with Reed-Foley a former top-10 prospect who has struggled to provide value in the major leagues. Trading Diaz and Reid-Foley also open a 40-man roster spot for the Blue Jays who combine free agent with Marcus Semin.
The Mets signed a one-year, $ 5.2 million contract to avoid arbitration over the offense and would become a free agent after the 2021 season.
Scouting report below …
Yensky Diaz, RHP
Diaz was developed as a starter through Double-A, finishing 32nd in the Blue Jays system in the 2021 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, although his future in the bullpen is possible. He made his major league debut in a relief role in 2019, although he did not make the pitch in the big leagues last year. He throws a lively fastball that can reach 98 mph in short stances, but he lacks an effective secondary pitch to be able to miss bats, which reflects his walk rate. His control has improved over the years, but he still needs to throw more strikes, especially without a true out pitch he can count on.
Josh Winkowski, RHP
The Mets — like any other club — could be added for Winkowski for almost nothing when he became available in the draft of Rule 5 in December, but he was not selected. In a deep blue Jace farm system, Winkowski ranked as Toronto’s No. 39 prospect in the 2021 Baseball America Prospect Handbook. A 15th-round pick in 2016, Winkowski posted a combined 2.69 ERA with a 108–43 KB-BB mark in 127.1 innings between the two Class A levels in 2019. He is a solid strike-thrower who did not go to Toronto’s alternative training site last year but went to the Instructional League, where he ran his fastball 96 mph by the end of camp and was in the process of learning the splitter.
Sean Reid-Foley, RHP
The Blue Jayes drafted Reid-Foley in 2014 as a second-round pick from high-school. Throughout his time in the organization, Reid-Foley has flash promising stuff with unofficial results, with many of his issues with fastball command. He drove 65 batters in 89 innings as a starter in Triple-A in 2019, and in 71.2 innings in three major league seasons, his career walk rate is 6.0 BB / 9. A reliever in 2020, Reed-Foley was running at speeds of 93–96 mph mostly the previous year and can touch 97. His main weapon is an 83-88 mph slider, an average pitch that has flashed better in the past but is also inconsistent. He throws an occasional change to give more form to most leftists, but it is not effective against major league hitters. It is good for Reed-Foley to move around in the role of relief, but for this to happen he has to improve his command, otherwise he will do a lot of beneficial matters and move a lot.
Sean Reid-Foley provides evidence of player development
The 2014 second-rounder has seen an increase in velocity while developing at the team’s alternate venue.
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Steven Mattes, L.H.P.
Matz struggled in the 2020 season, posting a 9.68 ERA, scoring 14 home runs in 30.2 innings. That performance eventually led the Mets to fall from the starting rotation before going on the injured list with shoulder problems. Those struggles are worrisome, although it was a small sample size in the pandemic, with the Mets pitching more like a solid back-end starter from 2018-19. If he can return to that form, it will be a boost for the Blue JS team that needs help behind their rotation.