Matheny Drafted by Red Sox
By: Sophie Ozier
St. Louis Metro Collegiate League alum, Tate Matheny was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Matheny joined the Metro Collegiate Knights during the 2012 season following his senior year at Westminster Christian Academy. The Knights were coached that summer by two former MLB players, Lonnie Maclin and Kenny Reitz. The outfielder finished the season with a .423 average (11-26) and later went on to Missouri State University. There he was voted MSU's Team MVP and Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Matheny was named All-Missouri Valley Conference all three seasons with the Bears and was First-Team All-MVC the last two.
“He’s close to a five tool player. He’s got good speed, good arm, good power…he’s got it all,” said former Knights coach and Major Leaguer Lonnie Maclin.
Matheny is the son of St. Louis Cardinal’s Manager, Mike Matheny. Mike Matheny played Major League Baseball for 13 seasons (five with the Cardinals) before becoming the Cardinals Manager in 2012.
“He knows what to do and he knows how to work hard” says Maclin, a trait he credits Mike Matheny instilled in him. “He has all the tools and all the skills to play in the major leagues.”