Steven Matz could be promoted by the All-Star break

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Steven Matz continues to dazzle in the Pacific Coast League – he’s 6-3 with a 1.98 ERA in 11 appearances and ten starts over 68 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Matz has thrown 100 pitches only twice in his 11 appearances this season, and under 80 in his last two starts, during which he has gone 1-1 despite allowing only one run in 12 innings. Mike Puma of the New York Post said earlier this week the Mets are intentionally limiting Matz’s pitches and innings at Triple-A so to be able to preserve him for the big leagues at some point this season.

There’s currently no immediate plan to promote Matz to the big leagues, but the team expects to have him here before the All-Star break, Puma said.

Matz has owned the Pacific Coast League unlike any other Mets pitching prospect to pass through Las Vegas. That and the Mets going with a six-man rotation right now certainly begs the question why Matz is not a part of that equation currently.

But it makes sense to take things conservatively with Matz for a couple of reasons.

The team typically prefers it’s starters to throw at least 150 innings at Double Double-A or higher before considering them for a promotion. He’s at 139 regular season innings and 12 1/3 postseason innings at and above Double-A, which has put him past the threshold technically.

Still, Sandy Alderson said last month they want Matz to gain some more experience before promoting him. He did miss a couple of seasons due to a long recovery process from Tommy John Surgery in 2010 – he has only 62 professional appearances under his belt since he was drafted.

The team’s reasons to keep him in the minors are certainly justified based on his history and their development plan, but only to a certain point, and that point could be here, if it hasn’t passed already.

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