Personally, I don’t get the appeal. He’s basically a right-handed Brooks Conrad — a guy with a long minor league career (ten years!) who doesn’t hit for a high enough average to be really productive despite pretty good power and walk rate. Actually, Conrad’s minor league numbers are a bit better than Mather’s. He’s a few years younger than Conrad, and a four corners guy rather than a second baseman/third baseman, and better as an outfielder than an infielder. He’s a big guy, with real power (though it took him a long time to turn it into any real results) and really shouldn’t play third base any more than Hinske should. For some reason, some people think he can play center, but I just don’t see that either; his defensive stats in the minors aren’t great even in the corners.
Mather’s been in the St. Louis organization his whole career, hitting .255/.332/.449 overall, .258/.342/.460 in AAA. He broke onto the scene with 31 homers in 2007, at the age of 24 in AA and AAA. In 2008, he tore up AAA and earned a promotion to the majors, where he hit 18 homers but with only a .306 OBP, and was hurt in 2009. Last year, he was pretty ordinary in AAA and didn’t play well at all in the majors. When he hits the ball, it often goes a long way. Come to think of it, he resembles Scott Thorman as well as Conrad.