Former Glendale Mountain Ridge standout Matthew Dyer was drafted in the 4th Round (120) by the New York Mets after playing two seasons for the University of Arizona.
Dyer signed with Oregon after leading the Mountain Lions to an AIA 6A state runner-up finish and he transferred to Arizona where he laced up for the 2019 season.
MLB DRAFT ANALYSIS: 120) Mets: Matthew Dyer, C, Arizona: Dyer is a plus runner with an easily plus arm who shows above-average defensive skills behind the plate. He’s also athletic enough to play center field and second base, pointing to a potential future career as a super-utility type.
Dyer caught, played first base and outfield that first year while ripping off a 20-game hitting streak that included a .461 batting average with 23 runs, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, and eight RBI. He earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors despite suffering a broken hand late in the season.
“Matthew is an intense game competitor and one of the most underrated players in the country,” Arizona head coach Jay Johnson said in a release. “He is as versatile of a player as any team could hope for. The Mets organization will be better for drafting Matthew.”
Dyer entered his final season with NCBWA First-Team Preseason All-American honors where he added four doubles, three home runs, and 18 RBI in the 15 game splayed before the season as cut short.
Adding to his abilities around the field, Dyer played second base, third base, catcher and left field this past spring.
According to reports, his Slot Value is worth $478,300.
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