Michael Matuella MLB Draft Prospects Profile

Michael Matuella

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Michael Matuella MLB Draft Prospect
Draft Expectation: First Round 2015
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Height/Weight-6’7″/220 lbs
Previously Drafted: Never

Michael Matuella Scouting Report:
Matuella should be come the second first-round pick out of Duke since 2012 when the Blue Jays selected Marcus Stroman #22 overall. Matuella has the highest ceiling out of all the pitching prospects that will be drafted in 2015. He has four pitch arsenal that is highlighted by his 95-97 mph heater. He has an improving changeup that he has the confidence to throw in any count. At 6′ 7″ he is a physically imposing pitcher. His one knock is his injuries specifically in his back. He was diagnosed with spondylolysis, a manageable defect of the vertebra in the lower back that has created discomfort for him. The back issue limited his total innings the last two seasons and summer ball. In early April 2015, Michael Matuella will undergo Tommy John Surgery. How does that effect his draft status? Because of the minimal amount of innings pitched during his college career, he still profiles as a first-round pick but more than likely will fall to between picks 10-15. Matuella was drafted in the third round, 78th overall by the Texas Rangers. His signed for $2-million which was significantly over the slot value ($777,600).
Scouting grades:
Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 |
Overall: 60

2014 Season:
11GS – .2.78ERA – 58.1IP – 69K – 40H – 20R/18ER – 11BB

2015: Didn’t allow a run until his fifth outing of the season.
K’ed 8 Cal Bears over 6ip to open the season on 2/13/15.
4/1/15 Announced he will have season ending Tommy John Surgery
2014: Ranked second on the team with a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts with two shutouts
Held opponents to a team-best .190 batting average.
One of four starting pitchers in the ACC to post an opposing batting average under .200
2.78 ERA was the 10th lowest in Duke history (since 1974).
Ranked among the top 10 in the program’s single season records in WHIP (0.95 – 10th), strikeouts per nine innings (10.65 – 6th), hit per nine innings (6.17 – 5th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.60 – 9th).
Missed four weeks due to injury in lower back.

About Michael Matuella:
Matuella is making the case to win the Golden Spikes Award, writes USABaseball.com.
Michael Matuella on fast track to stardom, writes Raleigh News & Observer.
Matuella could become Duke’s highest drafted player, adds DNAOfSports.com.
Matuella suffers first his first loss since the 2014 ACC Tournament writes Go Duke.com.
Michael Matuella will undergo Tommy John surgery, his 2015 season is over writes D1Baseball.com
Duke Ace Matuella will undergo Tommy John surgery writes NBCSports.com
Michael Matuella out for season via Duke Chronicle.com
Duke RHP Michael Matuella one of the MLB Draft’s biggest mysteries writes the News & Observer
Texas Rangers draft Duke pitcher Michael Matuella in 3rd round adds the News & Observer
Rangers Stockpile Talent Highlighted by Matuella in Day Two of Draft via Star-Telegram
A national epidemic: Tommy John surgeries at Duke part of broader trend writes The Chronicle
Third Rounder Matuella Signs Pro Contract with Rangers writes the Dallas News.net