DOB: 5/3/99 Maracay, Venezuela 6'3 160lbs, Throws Right, Bats Right Acquired as IFA in January 2016. Signed for $25,000. In a year the Sox were limited on the IFA signings due to going over in previous years. it looks like Bryan Mata may end up being a pretty big haul. He has already shot up the prospect ranks and Soxprospects has him at 13th. Signed as a lanky 6'3 130 pound kid, he has since put on 30 pounds of weight. Last year he was throwing 89-92 with late sinking movement. He has 3 pitches that project as average to plus and his velocity has room to go up a few ticks. I'm not sure what his velocity is sitting at this year yet. His approach is very advanced for his age and because of this the Sox are being aggressive with him. After just turning 18 years old, he was assigned to Greenville. He would make his debut on 5/26, with a line of 3 ip, 3h, 1er, 2bb/4k. 69 pitches 40 strikes His next 2 games: 6ip, 4 h, 1er, 2bb/6k 81 pitches, 53 strikes 6ip, 4 h, 1er, 1bb/6k 80 pitches, 53 strikes For the year he is now at 15ip with 16k/5bb and a 1.07 WHIP. Batters are hitting .200 off of him so far. Those last 2 games were mirror images of each other. As a prospect he ranks somewhere between Anderson Espinoza and Roniel Raudes, which is a huge range. Of course any 18 year old pitcher is going to have a huge range but especially Mata since his ceiling largely depends on his physical growth and maturation. 6'3 130 pounds is vastly underweight. Right now, he's looking like a middle rotation guy but that could easily change if his velocity improves a tick or two and/or on how his command and control develop. If all goes right, he could be a guy that sneaks into the Redsox top 5 as soon as the end of this season. He could also easily never make it out of A ball. Edit: Mata made his Greenville debut 6 days younger than Espinoza.