Matt is a non-roster invitee to Spring Training after spending the 2018 season in Japan with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball ... previously pitched in the Cubs organization in 2017 ... Appeared in 19 major league contests with Colorado in 2016, going 1-0 with a 9.19 ERA (16 ER/15.2 IP) ... Has gone 15-28 with a 4.35 ERA (188 ER/389.1 IP) in 219 minor league contests, including 34 starts ... has pitched exclusively as a reliever since 2014 ... Spent his entire pro career with Colorado until being acquired by the Cubs for LHP Zac Rosscup on June 26, 2017 ... was added to the Cubs 40-man roster following the season, but was released December 4, 2017 ... Was originally selected by Colorado in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft ... Pitched at St. John's University ... graduated from Berlin High School in Berlin, Conn. ... was named the Gatorade Connecticut Player of the Year as a high school senior.
Spent the entire season with the Yakult Swallows of the Nippon Professional Baseball League ... went 7-3 with three saves and a 4.18 ERA (44 ER/94.2 IP) in 32 appearances, including 13 starts ... Allowed just seven homers in 94.2 innings pitched ... struck out 73 batters, while walking 43.
Went a combined 1-3 with 21 saves and a 3.26 ERA (18 ER/49.2 IP) in 46 relief outings between Triple-A Albuquerque and Triple-A Iowa ... Began the season in the Colorado system with Albuquerque ... went 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA (8 ER/30.1 IP) in 27 relief outings ... Was traded to the Cubs on June 26 for LHP Zac Rosscup ... was 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA (10 ER/19.1 IP) in 19 appearances with Iowa ... held the opponent scoreless in 13 of those outings ... Led the PCL in saves with 21 between Albuquerque and Iowa.
Matt made his Double-A and Triple-A debuts, and then made his Major League debut with Colorado, August 12 at Philadelphia ... Had his contract selected August 12 and made his Major League debut that night at Philadelphia, pitching 2.0 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts … struck out Maikel Franco for his first Major League strikeout ... Recorded his first Major League win, August 19 vs. the Cubs, in what was his fourth career appearance ... Did not allow a run in his final eight appearances … pitched 5.2 innings over that span, allowing two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts ... Began the season with Double-A Hartford, where he was a midseason All-Star after going 0-2 with 29 saves in 33 opportunities with a 2.31 ERA (10 ER/39.0 IP) … was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque on July 25, where he pitched in six games and recorded two saves without allowing a run.
Recorded 22 saves in 24 opportunities as High-A Modesto's closer, the second-most saves in the California League ... Went 2-2 with a 0.34 ERA (1 ER/26.1 IP) in 26 appearances after the All-Star break … allowed 18 hits and eight walks while striking out 31 ... Ended the season with 22-straight appearances without allowing an earned run, July 6-September 4 (21.1 IP).
Transitioned to a full-time reliever in his second consecutive season with Single-A Asheville ... set career-highs in wins (six) and strikeouts (76) ... Went 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA (15 ER/34.2 IP) in 21 first-half appearances ... was 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA (11 ER/41.1 IP) in 25 second-half appearances ... Struck out a career-high seven batters in 3.0 innings pitched, June 7 vs. Kannapolis … allowed two hits and no walks.
Went 2-10 with a 7.94 ERA (82 ER/93.0 IP) in 20 games, all starts, for Single-A Asheville.
Started 14 games for Rookie Level Grand Junction in his first professional season ... led Grand Junction in starts and innings pitched (68.0 IP) ... Pitched consecutive shutouts July 13 at Missoula and July 19 vs. Missoula … surrendered three hits in 6.0 innings with one walk and two strikeouts on the 13th to earn his first professional win … followed that with 7.0 shutout innings on the 19th, allowing three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.