The Farm Boy Files is a feature designed to better acquaint us all with our Cubs prospects. This week’s profile is of left-handed pitcher J.R. Mathes.
Full Name – Alfred G. Mathes III
Basic Info – 6’3″, 210 lbs. Born November 9th, 1981, in Granger, IN. Selected by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Michigan University.
Statistical Stuff – For AAA Iowa in 2009, he went 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 129.1 innings (21 starts.) 51 K to 14 BB, 1.26 WHIP, .291 OpBA. He played for Caracas in the Venezuela Winter League, pitching 28.1 innings and going 1-2 with a 5.08 ERA.
Repertoire Includes – Cutter, sinker, change-up, breaking ball
Socks – CHECK!
In case you were wondering – J.R.’s favorite pro athlete is himself, he would like to have dinner with Elmer Fudd, Bill Gates and Bruce Lee, he is afraid of moldy bread, he wanted a cheetah for Christmas, he has mad computer hacking skills, and he’s annoyed by people who hold their pinky finger in the air while drinking.
Bottom Line – It’s crunch time for J.R., in a manner of speaking. He has spent the last three years at triple-A Iowa and will become a minor-league free agent after this season. I found that detailed info was hard to come by for this one, but did find one decent and recent article. Here are a few excerpts:
In three seasons at Iowa, [Mathes] has become a familiar face around Des Moines and has won 31 games. In 421 2/3 innings, the southpaw has struck out 210 while walking 83.
And yet the Chicago Cubs have not called the former Western Michigan University standout to the majors while bringing up many of his teammates for a September look-see.
The Cubs have yet to even place Mathes on their 40-man roster.
“Des Moines is a real nice place,” said Mathes. “But I’ve been there for far too long.”
Could 2010 be the year?
“That’s a great question,” said Mathes this week during a break in workouts at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. “What else do I have to prove at this level? I feel like I’ve raised some eyebrows.”
“I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing,” said Mathes, who expected to talk with Cubs minor league pitching coordinator Mark Riggins this week. “I’m getting things honed in.”