LEWISBURG, W.Va. (FOX 26) - Catcher Jake Matheny and pitcher Luke Matheny, sons of St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, have transferred to San Jacinto College and will play for the Gators, San Jac Coach Tom Arrington confirmed.
Jake transferred to San Jac from Indiana and Luke from Oklahoma State.
Arrington expects the Matheny brothers to be a great addition to the Gators baseball program.
“I just think it’s outstanding,” Arrington said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"Having the knowledge they obviously have from their dad, and being around baseball for their entire lives, brings in a level of maturity and understanding of how it works at a high level.
“Even though they haven’t played that, they’ve grown up watching it, and they’ve grown up listening to it around the dinner table. When you talk about baseball all day long, your job is baseball and your career, it rubs in on you.”
Arrington expects the two brothers to fit in well with his players.
“Here’s these two young men coming out, they don’t take anything for granted,” Arrington said. "They’re going to come out and work as hard as they can to compete and win a spot, and in the meantime win a bunch of games along the way.”
Arrington credits his assistant coach Kory Koehler and volunteer pitching coach Woody Williams, who played 15 years in the Big Leagues, for helping get the Matheny brothers to San Jac.
Williams played for the Blue Jays (1993-98), Padres (1999-2001, 2005-06), Cardinals (2001-2004), and Astros (2007).
He was a National League All-Star in 2003.
Williams and Mike Matheny were teammates with the Cardinals for four years.
Williams said the two keep in touch.
During the Junior College World Series earlier this year the Cardinals manager reached out to him.
“He told me both of his sons were considering transferring,” Williams said. “He didn’t know anything about junior college. So he asked me some questions about how things work, different schools and stuff like that.
“I immediately told our guys that those are two kids that they need to look into. It’s one thing when somebody around town says somebody’s a good player. When somebody’s been there and played at the highest level and says the kids are good, there’s no need in seeing them play.”
Williams is pleased to have played a role in bringing the Matheny brothers to San Jac.
“I look forward to having the opportunity to spend some time with them,” Williams said. “These two are two of his youngest. So they were very little when we played together. It’ll be fun to get to know them and spend time with them.
Koehler said the Matheny brothers each have one year of eligibility left at the junior college level, and then two more years of eligibility left at a 4-year school should they choose to go that route.
“Because they transferred, they would have to either sit out a year or go the junior college route,” Koehler said.
“They decided to come to us. There’s a comfort level there obviously with Woody.”
Which is really something special for Williams.
“It makes me feel good knowing that an ex-teammate of mine basically trusts me with his kids,” Williams said.”
Last season Luke Matheny pitched in three games for Oklahoma State, with no record and an ERA of 6.00
In 2017 Jake Matheny hit .245 for Indiana, with two home runs and 17 RBIs after playing in 33 games with 27 starts.