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10/19/1990 (26 y, 4 m, 5 d)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 11, Overall: 11, Team: Colorado Rockies
$0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Matzek signed a minor league deal with the White Sox on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. (2/17/2017)
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Tyler Matzek - Deep League Sleeper
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In his five years in the minor leagues, Tyler Matzek posted the following FIPs: 4.64, 4.26, 8.04, 4.41, 5.26, 4.62 and 4.83. That last one was from his 2014 stay at Triple-A Colorado Springs. This is not what you would call an encouraging track record. And yet, when he was promoted to Denver in mid-June, he proceeded to post a 3.78 FIP. To say this was a surprising turn of events is a bit of an understatement, but there was a reason the Rockies selected Matzek 11th overall in the 2009 draft, and he finally showed it last season. He flashed his fantastic slider regularly, and his strikeout percentage improved with each month he was in the majors, finishing up at 24.8% in September. Control has always been a problem for Matzek, and that was true in the majors as well, as he walked 8.8% of the batters he faced, or just slightly more than league average. He will have to work on harnessing his control if he is ever to take the next step. Certainly, the projection systems are bearish on him moving forward, though ZiPS is more optimistic than Steamer. And given his thin track record of success, tempering expectations may be wise. Still, Matzek represents a nice deep sleeper candidate for 2015. He is all but assured a spot in the Rockies' Opening Day rotation, and if he is able to replicate his work in the second half, he could end up being a valuable part of your fantasy team's starting rotation. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Tyler Matzek has not been good for very long, but he always carried with him immense talent, and if he continues to flash it, he may finish 2015 as one of the season's pleasant surprises. He is definitely worth grabbing toward the end of your draft.
Matzek made his major league debut in 2014 and posted better numbers than he had posted at any stop in the minors. The numbers weren't anything earth-shattering, but they were somewhat encouraging for a 23-year-old making his debut. The wheels feel off in 2015 as Matzek walked more batters than he struck out in five starts. He was sent to the minors and then later removed from all baseball competition for a bit as he dealt with performance anxiety. He's apparently ready to compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training, but who knows if mental issues will continue to affect his performance. And if his head is right, there's not a ton of evidence that his physical skills are good enough. He did post a strikeout rate around average and a healthy ground ball rate in 20 appearances in 2014. But outside of youth and a few good starts two years ago, there's not much to go on here. (Brett Talley)
The Quick Opinion:
Matzek surprised in his 2014 debut by posting numbers better than he had at any stop in the minors, but he disappointed in 2015 and had to be shut down from competition for a bit to deal with some mental health issues. He has reportedly received treatment for those issues and is ready to compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training, but there's not much evidence that he has the physical tools to grab a spot.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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