One year ago today, Matt Pobereykowas pitching in his second season in his second stint for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. His first stint came after he went undrafted after graduating from Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College. The led to a his being signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
For some reason, Pobereyko’s going 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA with a 12.9 K/9 in eight appearances was not good enough for the Diamondbacks. As noted above, this led to him returning to the Freedom, where, this time, he would get noticed by the New York Mets. Seeing him in the Mets organization, you really have to wonder what the the Diamondbacks, and really the other 28 organizations in baseball were thinking.
Last year, Pobereyko and his fastball that occasionally hits high 90’s had a good season with the Columbia Fireflies. In his roughly half a season of work, Pobereyko made 23 appearances going 2-2 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.165 WHIP, and a 13.9 K/9. That stint was good enough for the Mets to assign him to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Arguably, Pobereyko was the biggest surprise out of any prospect of the Arizona Fall League. He was dominant in his eight appearances not allowing one run. In his 11.2 innings of work, he would strike out 13 batters while only walking one. As a result, he would have a microscopic 0.686 WHIP.
Fortunately for the Mets, Pobereyko has carried that dominance into the 2018 season with last night being yet another example.
In St. Lucie’s 2-0 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals, Pobereyko entered the game in the eighth inning entasked with the responsibility of keeping the score close enough to give St. Lucie a chance to come back and win the game. Pobereyko would do his part allowing no hits while walking one and striking out three in his 1.2 innings of work. Among those he struck out was Chase Pinder, who had the highest batting average in the Cardinals organization last year.
With this outing, Pobereyko has not allowed an earned run over his last four appearances (4.2 IP). He has now struck out at least one batter in seven of his eight appearances. He’s dominating both right-handed and left-handed batters over this stretch respectively limiting them to a .125 and a .176 batting average. Overall, he’s now 1-1 with a a save, 1.74 ERA, 1.162 WHIP, and an 11.3 K/9.
More than any of the stats, Pobereyko continues to impress and distinguish himself with each and every appearance. The fact he’s gone from the Independent Leagues to making a real name for himself as a right-handed power reliever in an organization choke full of right-handed power relievers is all the more remarkable.
Published at Sun, 29 Apr 2018 12:00:58 +0000