Mathieson Heads to Asia

The Phillies once considered Scott Mathieson a top prospect.

They released him today to pursue an opportunity to pitch in Asia.

Mathieson, 27, went 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 15 games in three seasons (2006, 2010-11) with the Phillies. He went 32-37 with a 3.75 ERA and 34 saves in 200 games in the minor leagues. He had three different surgeries on his right elbow, including two Tommy John ligament replacement surgeries, but still came back to pitch again in the big leagues.

I think Mathieson saw the writing on the wall regarding his status in the organization. He had fallen behind Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont and other younger relievers on the depth chart. He simply had very little chance to pitch with the Phillies in 2012, so he presumably made a sound financial decision to play overseas. Because Mathieson threw hard I always got e-mails from fans asking why the Phillies didn’t call him up. He put up pretty good numbers the past couple seasons in Triple-A, but in very limited opportunities with the Phillies he put on a lot of base runners. I think the front office and coaching staff liked their other options more.

Mathieson is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet in the Phillies clubhouse. Good luck to him.

The moves leaves the Phillies with 39 players on their 40-man roster.


Looking for a holiday gift? I will be signing my Phillies book “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” on Friday night at the Barnes & Noble at the Oxford Valley Mall. A bunch of other local sportswriters and sports personalities will be there as well. Come one, come all!


It had been reported last week that the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League were interested in signing Mathieson to replace their closer who required hip surgery and will miss a good portion of the 2012 season. Mathieson had spent the second half of 2011 as a starter for the Ironpigs but struggled with his control as a starter.

I hope Mathieson can turn his career around in Japan. Colby Lewis was able to and so was that dutch pitcher for the Giants last year. Perhaps learning to throw the SHUUTO will help him to be a better pitcher.


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