Tyler Matzek

Tyler Matzek

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tyler Matzek in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the Braves with a $5.5 million club option for 2025 in November of 2022.
Re-signs with Atlanta
PAtlanta Braves
Elbow
November 18, 2022
Matzek (elbow) signed a two-year, $3.1 million deal Friday that includes a $5.5 million club option for 2025.
ANALYSIS
Matzek underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in October, so he will almost certainly miss all of the 2023 season. Still, the 32-year-old southpaw has a 2.92 ERA and 1.22 WHIP since joining the Braves in 2020, so it's not much of a surprise to see the team eager to lock him down for the next few years.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
24
How many pitches does Tyler Matzek generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Tyler Matzek generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-41%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .223 212 53 24 41 9 0 4
Since 2020vs Right .162 352 99 52 47 13 1 3
2022vs Left .212 66 9 12 11 1 0 2
2022vs Right .153 118 27 17 15 6 0 1
2021vs Left .239 104 28 10 22 7 0 1
2021vs Right .141 160 49 27 18 5 0 2
2020vs Left .200 42 16 2 8 1 0 1
2020vs Right .219 74 23 8 14 2 1 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-43%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.25 1.13 63.2 4 5 0 9.8 4.1 0.4
Since 2020Away 2.67 1.30 70.2 4 4 1 10.6 6.0 0.5
2022Home 2.53 1.08 21.1 2 2 0 6.8 4.6 0.4
2022Away 4.43 1.43 22.1 2 0 1 8.1 7.3 0.8
2021Home 3.26 0.99 30.1 0 1 0 10.4 3.9 0.6
2021Away 1.93 1.44 32.2 0 3 0 11.6 6.6 0.3
2020Home 4.50 1.58 12.0 2 2 0 13.5 3.8 0.0
2020Away 1.72 0.83 15.2 2 1 0 12.1 2.9 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Tyler Matzek compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.24
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
6.0
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
3.50
 
WHIP
1.26
 
BABIP
.209
 
GB/FB
0.75
 
Left On Base
66.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2497 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.4%
 
Swinging Strike
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2010
Matzek became somewhat of a cult hero for Atlanta during the World Series run in 2021, and he was reliable setup option all year with 24 holds and a 2.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 77:37 K:BB across 63 innings. The veteran southpaw could see more action in the middle innings this season with the offseason additions of Kenley Jansen and Collin McHugh. With Will Smith also returning, Matzek won't be in the mix for saves without a rash of injuries in Atlanta's bullpen.
Matzek completed his comeback bid in 2020, returning to the majors for the first time since 2015. The lefty made 23 middle-relief appearances for Atlanta, posting a 2.79 ERA and 43:10 K:BB with a 4-3 record. He showed off an improved 94.4 mph average fastball velocity, leading to an elite 35.5 K% that was the best of his career, and he exerted dominance with a 13.3% swinging-strike rate. Matzek also limited meaningful contact, posting a 22.7% hard-hit rate and 3.0% barrel rate, which helped make up for his 43.1 GB%. He had a 1.92 FIP that suggests he may have performed even better than his surface numbers show. Matzek is part of an elite pitching staff in Atlanta, and his path to saves is blocked by several other relievers. He displayed impressive talent in 2020 and should produce solid strikeout numbers and the occasional win, but his fantasy value is capped by his lack of high-leverage opportunities.
Matzek had a very up-and-down season overall, through trips back-and-forth from the minors to issues both on and off the field. He started the season with the Rockies but ended it playing for their Triple-A team in Albuquerque. Matzek was a major part of the rotation when he was called up in June 2014, but he only ended up starting five games for Colorado in 2015. He ended with a 2-1 record behind a 4.09 ERA and 1.82 WHIP through 22 innings pitched. Matzek has struggled with his command continually through his young career and the team is hoping to resolve this issue for the 2016 season, where Matzek will continue to fight for a spot in the starting rotation.
Consistent issues with command at every stop in the minors once looked like it might force Matzek, the No. 9 overall draft pick by the Rockies in 2009, to move to relief in order to reach the big leagues. The organization gave him one last gasp at working as a starter at Triple-A, and after he showed mild improvement with finding the strike zone over 12 outings with Colorado Springs, he made his MLB debut in June. Thereafter, Matzek shocked everybody by registering a 4.05 ERA (3.78 FIP) over 117.2 innings, highlighted by a complete-game shutout of the Padres in September. He finished with a 3.4 BB/9 rate, the lowest mark of his professional career at any level, and yielded grounders on nearly half his balls in play. It’s too early to proclaim that Matzek has resolved his command woes, but the lefty’s sensational final month (1.69 ERA, 27:9 K:BB in 26.2 frames) has him trending in the right direction. In fact, if he can maintain September’s strikeout-per-inning output, Matzek might offer more fantasy potential than any of the Rockies' other starters.
For the second consecutive season, Matzek exhibited some modest growth in commanding his pitches, trimming his walk rate from 14.6 to 12.1 percent. Still, even that figure is probably too high for Matzek to find sustained success in the majors, especially since the improvement was coupled with a drop in his strikeout rate of seven percentage points. Matzek’s first-round pedigree and fleeting dominance on the rare occasions he finds the strike zone were enough for the Rockies to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, but he seems to be facing a make-or-break season with several more promising pitching prospects coming up the pipeline. If Matzek fails to make further gains with his command at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, the Rockies would probably look to transition him into full-time relief duty.
Matzek can miss bats (10.29 K/9IP at Low-A and High-A) but seems to have no idea where the ball is going, as he issued 96 walks over 97 innings last season. The young left-hander even took a leave from the organization midseason to work with a former pitching instructor on his mechanics, and it's possible that he figured something out late in the year as he shaved his walk rate to 4.17 BB/9IP over 41 innings in August and September. The Rockies will probably start him back at High-A Modesto in hopes that the improved control he displayed late last season gets him back on track.
Matzek, the Rockies' 2009 first-round pick, is a hard-throwing lefty with a full arsenal of pitches. In 2010, he spent the season at Low-A Asheville with a 2.92 ERA, 8.9 K/9IP strikeout rate and .198 batting average against. His 6.3 BB/9IP walk rate is concerning, but he's only one year removed from high school, so he's still developing. Once he gets over that hump, he should be able to pitch deeper into games and hit his stride. He's regarded as a player that should move quickly through the Rockies' system and could make his debut as early as 2011. Those in keeper leagues should take note of Matzek's talents, if they haven't already done so.
The Rockies' first-round pick in 2009, Matzek participated in the instructional league during the fall, but will get his first taste of pro ball in 2010. Projected to remain in extended spring training (warm weather) before moving to Low-A, Matzek has the Rockies excited with his 94-96 mph fastball and a full repertoire that includes a curve, slider and changeup, as well as his great work ethic, competitive nature and polished mechanics at such a young age. Matzek is said to mix all of his pitches very well while keeping hitters off balance by changing speeds and location. Look for Matzek to progress quickly and have an impact role in the Rockies' rotation no later than late 2011, putting him firmly on the radar for those in keeper leagues.
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Getting Tommy John surgery
PAtlanta Braves
Elbow
October 12, 2022
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Matzek (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Misses NLDS roster with elbow issue
PAtlanta Braves
Elbow
October 11, 2022
Matzek is dealing with elbow discomfort and will not be on Atlanta's NLDS roster, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Collects third win
PAtlanta Braves
August 15, 2022
Matzek (3-2) picked up the win Sunday over the Marlins, allowing one hit and striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning.
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Nails down extra-innings save
PAtlanta Braves
August 10, 2022
Matzek struck out two in a perfect 11th inning Tuesday to record his first save of the season in a win over the Red Sox.
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Ready to return
PAtlanta Braves
July 4, 2022
Matzek (shoulder) was activated from the injured list Monday.
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