DENVER -- The Rockies are pleased with the progress of left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek, their 2009 first-round pick, in his first pro season.
Matzek, 19, is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in seven starts at Class A Asheville. Two starts ago, June 24, Matzek pitched 5 2/3 hitless innings, with five strikeouts but five walks, in a win over Savannah. In his last start, Tuesday against Kannapolis, he gave up one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings of a no-decision. He fanned seven and walked three. He has 39 strikeouts and 24 walks in 35 innings.
"It's just getting used to the whole routine of his strength and conditioning, throwing every fifth day with a side day in between. Remember, he's used to throwing every Friday in high school," Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett said. "It takes some time. That first year is an adjustment phase, especially since he didn't pitch last summer at all. He's just getting going, coming out of extended [spring training]. Now, we're in season.
"He's got dominant stuff. It was mostly his fastball, when he gets it in the zone and down in the zone, it's as good as you're going to see anywhere, especially from the left side."
Matzek was drafted last June out of Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. He signed for a $3.9 million bonus in August.