New Arrival: Paddy Matera, 2b, Carolina Mudcats

In June this season the Indians dipped into Independent League ball and signed Paddy Matera away from the Camden Riversharks.  It was a move that worked out well for both Matera and the Tribe.

At the time, Matera, 25, was hitting .297 with 6 HR and 20 XBH.  Cleveland assigned him to High-A Carolina and he went on to hit .282 with a .415 OBP. .834 OPS, 4 HR with 39 walks to 54 K’s in 241 at bats.  Good numbers, though at his age anything less would have been a disappointment.  If he continues to put up these numbers with Akron, it is easy to see him ending the season with AAA Columbus or even getting some big league playing time in 2014.

I wrote to him right after he signed, but after a couple of months I gave up on ever getting anything.  Then, last week, got this return.  He even included one of his cards from the Riversharks.  I was pretty happy, especially this time of year when my mailbox is mostly bills and junkmail.

He is a great story, and I will be rooting for him in 2014.



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