The Pink Sox introduced Wednesday that pitching prospect Bryan Mata underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in Los Angeles yesterday. The correct-hander was recognized with a “slight” tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in early March and hoped to keep away from surgical procedure. After a number of weeks of downtime, nonetheless, it seems the outlook had not modified. He’ll miss the 2021 season and the early portion of 2022 as effectively.
Mata, 22 subsequent month, is broadly thought to be the group’s high pitching prospect. He reached Double-A as a 20-year-old in 2019 and posted a mixed 3.43 ERA, 24.7 % strikeout charge and 9.3 % stroll charge in 105 innings throughout two ranges that season. Had he been wholesome, he’d doubtless have been ticketed for a return journey to Double-A and will even have emerged as a candidate to affix the massive league membership later within the yr.
As an alternative, as is the case with injured prospects across the league, Mata will now go about two years with out taking part in in a aggressive sport setting. The dearth of a minor league season in 2020 disadvantaged prospects across the sport of important improvement time, and Mata will tack one other 12 months onto his layoff from competitors. He did see some work on the Pink Sox’ alternate coaching web site final summer season, so it’s not as if he was utterly idle, however the misplaced time to refine his abilities however stings. In fact, Mata has youth on his facet and will nonetheless very plausibly make it to the massive leagues in his early 20s if he’s in a position to make a comparatively swift restoration from yesterday’s process.