Tyler Alexander Matzek...married to Lauren....resides in Laguna Niguel....signed Aug. 17, 2009 by Rockies scout Jon Lukens....had previously committed to the University of Oregon … pitched at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif....as a senior helped lead his high school to the CIF championship title and earned the CIF Orange County Player of the Year...was 13-1 with an 0.97 ERA, hit .404 and drove in 32 runs...his high school team was ranked No. 1 by Maxpreps.com.
In his third major-league season went 4-3 in 21 relief appearances with a 2.79 ERA and 43 strikeouts...Led the majors with 12 relief appearances of more than 1.0 inning this season... His 43 strikeouts and 29.0 innings pitched this season were the most among lefthanded relievers...Pitched to a 1.94 FIP this season, lowest among all lefties and fourth in MLB (min. 25 IP)...Had not pitched in the majors since 2015... Was out of baseball in 2017 and pitched in the independent American Association in 2018... Rejoined affiliated baseball in 2019 and pitched across three levels of Atlanta’s minor leagues.
Appeared in his first postseason and struck out a combined 14 hitters over seven relief appearances (8.2 IP) with a 1.04 ERA...Held Los Angeles to one hit over 2.0 scoreless innings in relief in Game 2 of the NLCS...His 14 strikeouts were third most among all relievers in the postseason...His 1.04 ERA was the second lowest among all relievers with at least five appearances.
Made five Major League starts, going 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA (22.0 IP, 10 ER) and starting the home opener vs. the Chicago Cubs. Started the home opener vs. the Cubs on April 10, getting no-decision in the 5-1 win, allowing four hits and one run over four innings, walking three and hitting two batters. Was 1-1 over his next three starts with the Rockies 1-2; allowed 12 hits and eight runs with 15 walks from April 21-May 6 … optioned to Albuquerque May 8. Made 10 starts at Triple-A Albuquerque, going 0-1 with a 8.74 ERA (11.1 IP, 11 ER) in 10 games, one start … pitched in three-games for Short-Season Boise in relief in June (2.1 IP, 6 ER). Was placed on Triple-A temporarily inactive list after allowing one hit, seven runs, seven walks and one hit batter on May 13 vs. Fresno … did not pitch again until three relief appearances at Short-Season Boise in June. Returned to Triple-A in August, making nine relief appearances the remainder of the season, allowing a combined four earned runs over 10.1 innings. … allowed one hit and two runs with eight walks and eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings over seven August appearances for Albuquerque.
A first round pick (11th overall) from the 2009 Draft, became the fourth player to be drafted by the Rockies from the 2009 class to make it to the big leagues...After making 12 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs, was called up to make the start on June 11 vs. Atlanta for his Major League debut...he picked up the win going 7.0 innings and allowing just two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks...Became the third Rockie in 2014 to start a game in his debut on June 11 vs. Atlanta (Eddie Butler, June 6 vs. Los Angeles-NL & Christian Bergman, June 9 vs. Atlanta)...he retired his first 13 batters faced...became first Rockies starter to win his MLB debut since Christian Friedrich May 9, 2012 at San Diego...was the sixth pitcher in Rockies history to go at least 7.0 innings in his MLB debut (last: Juan Nicasio May 28, 2011 vs. St. Louis)...recorded his first career Major League hit with an infield single in the seventh inning, becoming the 36th Rockies player, and seventh pitcher, to collect a hit in his Major League debut...Threw a three-hit complete game shutout against the Padres (Sept. 5) to pick up his third win in a row...it was the lefty's first career complete game shutout and the first thrown by a Rockie since Ubaldo Jimenez on June 1, 2011 at Los Angeles-NL...was the Rockies first complete game since Tyler Chatwood (8.0 IP) on July 13, 2013 at Los Angeles-NL...27th ever complete-game shutout, 12th complete game shutout ever in Denver (last: Chacin, April 15, 2011 vs. Chicago-NL, 5-0)...became the fourth Rockies rookie pitcher to toss a complete game shutout in franchise history, first since Jason Jennings on Aug. 23, 2001 at New York-NL...The left-hander went 5-4 with a 4.05 ERA (66.2 IP, 30 ER) in 12 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs...he was 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA (29.1 IP, 22 ER) in six home starts and was 3-2 with a 1.93 ERA (37.1 IP, 8 ER) in six road starts...from May 11-27, won each of his four starts allowing just three earned runs (nine runs) over 24.2 innings pitched (1.09 ERA)...Although he took the loss in the Rockies 5-3 defeat, he struck out a career-high nine batters in his start on Aug. 13 at San Diego...his previous career-high mark was eight strikeouts on July 20 at Pittsburgh...he is the seventh Rockies rookie to strikeout at least nine batters in a single game, first since Christian Friedrich struck out 10 batters on May 14, 2012 at San Francisco...Finished the season strong by going 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA (40.2 IP, 7 ER), 14 walks and 38 strikeouts in his final six starts of the season...opponents hit just .223 against him in those final six outings.
Spent the entire 2012 season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, his first experience at the Double-A level...Matthes' 17 home runs led the club despite him missing the final month of the season due to injury...hit just .193 (47-for-243) with 8 home runs and 19 RBI prior to the All-Star break...then hit .269 (25-for-93) with 9 home runs and 21 RBI following the All-Star break...was the Drillers everyday right-fielder...Matthes has started all but one professioinal game in right field since he was drafted in 2009...has hit 40 home runs between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa in 187 games over the past two seasons.
Started 28 games for High-A Modesto with 14 coming in the first half before he was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star...went 4-3 with a 3.24 ERA (75.0 ip, 27 er)...his 28 starts and 153 strikeouts tied for the league-lead, while his strikeouts were the second-most among Rockies pitchers...Rated the 8th-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America along with Best Curveball.