Rockies Agree with Matzek
The Colorado Rockies came up to the deadline, and then got the deal done with their top draft pick, high school lefthander.
The Rockies agreed to a signing bonus of $3.9 million, insidetherockies.com learned, more than double the $1.8 million recommend by Major League Baseball for the No. 11 pick in the draft.
Matzek initially sought a big-league contract, but the Rockies declined.
It is the largest signing bonus in franchise history. The previous record was $3.25 million given to pitcher, the second overall pick in the 2006 draft.
With the signing of Matzek, the Rockies signed each of their top 30 selections in the June draft, and 40 of 52 overall.
Matzek had a scholarship to Oregon, and was in Eugene during the weekend, but did not attend classes on Monday, which allowed him to remain eligible to sign.
As of 10 p.m., MDT on Monday night teams lost the rights to drafted players they did not sign.
Matzek, who attended Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Ca., has a fastball that ranges from 90 to 94 miles per hour, and a sharp breaking curveball.
Matzek was 13-1 with a 0.97 earned-run average in 15 games his senior year at Capistrano Valley and went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the CIF playoffs, leading Capistrano Valley to the CIF title.