NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Steven Matz made his major league debut for the New York Mets on June 28, and let’s just say he arrived with authority.
The 24-year-old lefty had six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings and gave up only two earned runs in the 7-2 win over Cincinnati. He was even more impressive with the bat, going 3 for 3 with a record-setting four RBIs.
What else do you need to know about the prized rookie? Here are five things:
His performance at the plate was no fluke: Matz has a reputation for being an all-around athlete. But he didn’t have many chances to show off his offensive skills until this season at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .304 with three RBIs in 23 at-bats. “The kid’s special, man,” Mets catcher Johnny Monell said. “The kid’s a super athlete.”
He’s a local kid: Matz is a New Yorker. Specifically, he’s a Long Islander who was born in Stony Brook and went to Ward Melville High School in neighboring East Setauket. Oh yeah, he’s a Mets fan, too. “Growing up watching Endy Chavez make that catch over the wall (in the 2006 NLCS) is probably the most vibrant memory I have,” Matz said ahead of his debut.