Tyler Matzek Scouting Report (Late 2010)
In 2010, I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to scout Colorado Rockies uber-prospect Tyler Matzek on three separate occasions in Savannah. Matzek was quite impressive in his first outing leading to a full scouting report with video on S.T.S. In subsequent outings, the raw stuff wasn’t as impressive as he struggled to repeat his mechanics and maintain velocity. These are the notes from those outings and the additional scouting video is from his final start of the season.
- Body language lacked the confidence of his first outing
- 88-91 MPH throughout; Spiked to 90-93 MPH briefly
- Finished with 5 walks; Struggled with release point and command
- Sat with scout who was underwhelmed and expected much more
- 83 MPH slider; Used pitch less than in 1st appearance;
- 80-84 MPH changeup
- Change showed good fade when down in the zone
- Change was consistently up at 83-84
- Looked very uncomfortable in the bullpen; Significant trouble locating
- Visibly frustrated both in the pen and on the mound
- Release point inconsistent throughout the start
- Fastball velocity 87-89 early; Touching 91 MPH
- Velocity dropped to 85-87 from the 3rd inning on
- Slider lost significant bite from first two outings
- Changeup was his best pitch; Interesting development considering he barely used it 1st time out
Entering 2011, Matzek’s development will be the prospect story of the Colorado Rockies organization. Should Matzek regain his previous form, Rockies fans can breathe a sigh of relief and look to Matzek as the potential front line starter his draft slot would indicate. However, to still assume he’s a “can’t miss” guy would be way off base as I’ve spoken to multiple baseball people who have hopped off the Matzek bandwagon.
23 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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