|College:||Sacramento City CC|
Appeared in 11 games on the mound with four starts, striking out 14 in 25.2 innings pitched. Tossed five-straight shutout innings over two appearances at Cal Poly, four innings on May 20 with a pair of strikeouts, and one inning against Cal on May 24 with one strikeout, not allowing a baserunner. Allowed five earned in 4.2 innings pitched in a spot-start against No. 10 Cal State Fullerton (April 29), keeping Pacific in the ballgame through four innings. Went 1-for-4 at the plate in four pinch-hit at bats, including a RBI single against Nevada on March 13.
John appeared in nine games as a pitcher, making one start in his first season at Pacific. Prato Matthews pitched a total of 9.2 innings, and threw a season-high 3.0 innings with four strikeouts in his first outing of the season, as Pacific defeated San Francisco 10-3 on Feb. 20. John’s appearance out of the bullpen closed out the game and sealed the victory for Pacific, giving Prato Matthews his only save of the season. John’s only start of the season came on a mid-week game against Santa Clara on April 6, during an outing in which he did not all any earned runs and left the game without a decision.
Previous School (Sacramento Community College):
During the 2009 season, John was a member of the Sacramento City College baseball team. Last season the Panthers finished with a 25-19 overall record and an 11-10 Big 8 Conference record to finish in fifth place. Academically Prato Matthews earned the President’s Highest Honors both semesters at Sacramento CC. During the summer of 2009, John continued to refine his game playing for the Medicine Hat Mavericks, where he hit .325 and posted a 3.50 ERA.
A 2007 graduate of Davis Senior High School, Prato Matthews lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. As a senior, John hit .400 in 2007 with the baseball team. On the basketball court, he led the league in rebounds his junior and senior years with 11 and 12 rebounds per game, respectively. During the soccer season John and his team won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship in 2006, as Prato Matthews scored the winning goal. Academically, John graduated in the top 10 percent of his class with a 3.95 GPA.
John Prato Matthews was born in Sacramento, Calif., and is the son of Jim Matthews and Linda Prato. He has one older sister, Krista, who played basketball at Trinity University. Majoring in Mechanical Engineering.