***One guy who is going to get some attention here in the weeks to come is Steven Matz of the New York Mets system. He fanned eight in a playoff start for Low-A Savannah last night, showing off a mid-90s fastball and an effective curve. He was very successful during the regular season, with a 2.62 ERA and a 121/38 K/BB in 106 innings with 86 hits allowed. A second round pick in 2009, he didn't get his career going until '12 due to arm problems and Tommy John surgery, but he's been very sharp since getting back on the mound last summer.
***Chicago White Sox prospect Trayce Thompson went 3-for-5 with three RBI yesterday to lead the Double-A Birmingham Barons to a Southern League playoff victory over Cubs affiliate Tennessee Smokies. Thompson had a weird season this year, hitting .229/.321/.383 with 15 homers, 25 steals, 60 walks, and 139 strikeouts in 507 at-bats. His power/speed combination is quite potent and he made progress reducing his whiffs this year, although his overall rate of production did not improve; he lost 100 points of OPS compared to High-A. Still, he's got tools and is still just 22. Improvement is possible.
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