|Atlanta Braves – No. 68|
|Born: October 19, 1990|
Mission Viejo, California
|June 11, 2014, for the Colorado Rockies|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2020 season)
|Earned run average||3.84|
Tyler Alexander Matzek (born October 19, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, and made his MLB debut in 2014.
Matzek played baseball at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California, where he was a teammate of future big leaguer Kyle Hendricks. He struck out 102 in 86.2 innings with an 0.97 ERA his senior year, leading his team to the CIF championship and earning the CIF Orange County Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
On August 17, 2009, Matzek agreed to a $3.9 million signing bonus to join the Colorado Rockies organization. He did not pitch professionally in 2009.
Prior to the 2010 season he was ranked by Baseball America as the 23rd best prospect in baseball. Playing for Single-A Asheville, he compiled a record of 5-1 with an earned run average (ERA) of 2.92 and 88 strikeouts in 89.1 innings of work over 18 starts. However, he struggled with control, walking 62 and hitting 4 batters. Prior to 2011 Baseball America ranked him as the 32nd best prospect. He started the season with the High-A Modesto, but struggled mightily, going 0-3 with a 9.82 ERA with 46 walks in 33 innings. He was demoted back to Asheville, where he made three rather unsuccessful starts before going on a "little mental break" after his start on June 17. He returned to Asheville on July 20 to finish the season. He went 5-4 with a 4.36 ERA with the Tourists in 2011, striking out 74 and walking 50 in 64 innings.
Matzek started the 2012 season with Modesto. He was a mid-season All-Star in the California League, going 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA before the break, striking out 83 and walking 52 in 75 innings. His second half was slightly worse than the first, and he finished 2012 going 6-8 with a 4.62 ERA, striking out a league-leading 153 and walking a league-leading 95. In 2013, he pitched for Double-A Tulsa. He was also a mid-season All-Star in the Texas League, going 3-6 with a 4.04 ERA before the break, striking out 55 and walking 40 in 75.2 innings. His second half was slightly better this year, and he finished 2013 with the Drillers 8-9 with a 3.79 ERA, striking out 95 and walking 76 in 142.1 innings. After the year, Matzek pitched for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, where in 10 games of relief, he went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.457 WHIP, earning him a selection to the AFL Fall Stars Game. Matzek was added to the Rockies 40-man roster on November 20, 2013. He started the 2014 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs. He made 12 starts for the SkySox before earning his first promotion to the major leagues, going 5-4 with a 4.05 ERA, striking out 61 and walking 31 in 66.2 innings.
Matzek was promoted to the Colorado Rockies on June 11, 2014, to replace Eddie Butler, who went on the disabled-list after his major league debut. Matzek made his major league debut that day, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 7 strikeouts and 0 walks in 7+ innings in an 8-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves. He also recorded his first hit off of Julio Teherán, an infield-single in the 7th inning, and he later scored. Matzek got his first career complete game shutout September 5, 2014 vs the San Diego Padres. In the game, he gave up 3 hits and the Rockies won the game 3-0. At the end of the season, Matzek won 6 games while losing 11 in 19 starts.
He began the 2015 season in the Rockies rotation, but after experiencing control problems he was sent down to Triple-A. He would spend the rest of the season in Triple-A. After having surgery towards the end of the 2015 season, Matzek began the 2016 season on the disabled list. He was outrighted off the roster at midseason and was released at the end of the season.
Chicago White Sox
Second stint with AirHogs
On August 14, 2019, Matzek's contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves. Matzek began his stint with the Mississippi Braves, their AA affiliate. After just one appearance in which he pitched 2.1 innings and had five strikeouts, Matzek was promoted to the Braves AAA affiliate, the Gwinnett Stripers.
For the 2020 season, Matzek made the Opening day roster, marking his first appearance in the majors since 2015. In 2020 he was 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA in 21 relief appearances covering 29 innings in which he struck out 43 batters.
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