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While at the major league level the Red Sox are rolling right now, their farm system took what will be at least a temporary hit this week. Tuesday afternoon, the team announced top pitching prospect Bryan Mata underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday. No timetable was given for his return.

Mata was originally signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent from Venezuela in 2016. SoxProspects.com lists him as the No.1 ranked pitcher in the team’s farm system, and sixth-best sixth overall prospect.

Last time the 21-year-old pitched competitively was in 2019, when he split time with High-A Salem and Double-AA Portland. In 21 starts between the two he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Following the cancelation of the 2020 Minor League season due to the COVID pandemic, he participated in games at the Alternate Training Site.

Although he’s young, Mata’s quick rise through the Red Sox system led some to believe he could make his major league debut as soon as the summer of 2021. That plan is obviously now on hold, with his ETA being pushed back at least a year.

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