Here are the basics; He's a Dominican pitcher who had been signed by the Red Sox for $160,000 last year, but the deal was stopped by MLB for uncertain reasons, and he was suspended for a year. In that year, his velocity spiked, and he now sits in the mid 90s, and touches as high as 99. Not surprisingly, his price tag went up with his velocity, and the Cardinals spent 1.5 million dollars, though they appear to still be waiting both MLB and the US consulate's confirmation that he is who he says he is, and the age he claims (18).
Who is Carlos Matias? What BA has seems rather tantalizing, but they don't provide enough details for me to be sure if this guy is as good as he seemed.
Per BA, his stuff is as follows. A fastball that sits in the mid-90s, and touches 97-99 regularly with very good control, earning an 80 score. He also has an average changeup, and a curveball with promise. He's already started pitching in the DSL, and in 6 IP, he's showing his stuff striking out 9, though he also walked 3 batters.
I guess I have two questions; if his stuff is as good as BA suggests it is, then how come he didn't get a higher bonus? Even with the questions of legality, and the questions of age, it seems like somebody with even just an 80 fastball can at least be a middle reliever in the majors today, and therefore make more than 1.5 million. If he is this good, and the Cardinals somehow snatched him up, what could his trajectory be? Does he have a chance to be an outstanding prospect? Have you heard anything more about him?