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Notes: Matuella scratched, Tate sparkles

Duke pitcher Mike Matuella was scratched from his weekend start due to forearm tightness. Richard C. Lewis/Icon SMI

The story of this weekend in terms of MLB draft prospects was not who performed well or who played poorly, but who didn't participate at all. Duke right-hander Mike Matuella was scratched for the weekend because of forearm tightness -- that might explain why his velocity dipped after the first inning when I saw him last week -- for precautionary reasons; Vanderbilt right-hander Walker Buehler was held out again for elbow tightness; and Miami left-hander Andrew Suarez missed his start Friday with what appears to be a strained oblique.

"Thankfully, it's so early [in the season]," an NL East front-office member said. "That said, it doesn't matter if it's May or February or October, you never want to see arm troubles. It's a very talented group, but there are serious durability issues with a large portion of the top arms in the class."

Fortunately, we did see some impressive performances this weekend, including a West Coast right-hander putting up dominant numbers, an American Conference outfielder who might have the best hit tool in the class, and a prospect written off by many who has started the year on the right foot.

Tate sees stock rise

There's still a long way to go, but in these first two weeks, no prospect has seen his stock rise like UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate.