Could the son of Cardinals’ manager, Mike Matheny, become a promising prospect for the Red Sox?
The Red Sox selected Missouri State outfielder, Tate Matheny in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft.
Scouts viewed Matheny as a prospect with an “all fields” hitting stroke, who also possessed raw power. In college, his average floated around .300 while toying with his swing in an attempt to create more power.
Sox Prospects discusses Matheny’s potential:
“Potential fourth or fifth outfielder if everything turns out right. Doesn’t have any tool that projects to be better than average. Even though he lacks speed, his defensive profile and versatility could prove valuable in a bench role. Defensive profile takes some pressure off bat, but will still have to show he can hit enough to keep pitchers honest.” – Sox Prospects
As it stands, the Red Sox prospect is playing in Double A Portland for the Sea Dogs. He’s hitting a modest .261 on the season with 18 RBI’s. As mentioned in his scouting report, there isn’t much power to Matheny’s game. However, his father Mike never hit more than 13 home runs in a single season – Tate hit 7 last season.
There is potential for Matheny to advance throughout the minor league ranks if he’s able to showcase defensive prowess and a consistent bat. At this moment, a .261 average will not be enough to entice Dave Dombrowski to advance the young outfielder to Pawtucket.
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The Red Sox are still hopeful that he can become an impact player, but he appears to be on track to be a role player and not a star.