Matzek leaves Asheville to work with pitching instructor
Struggling left-handerwas given permission by the Colorado Rockies to leave low Class A Asheville on Sunday to return to California for about two weeks and work with the pitching instructor who helped him as an amateur.
The unusual step came after Matzek, 20, made three unsuccessful starts at Asheville after he began the season at high Class A Modesto and had minimal success. He is a combined 0-5, 10.71 in 13 starts with 61 walks and 47 strikeouts in 42 innings.
Matzek made his third start for Asheville on June 17. After the three-day break for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, the Tourists resumed play June 23 at home with assistant general manager Bill Geivett there. Initially, Matzek was going to be pulled from the rotation to throw side sessions and simulated games and stay with the Tourists as he worked his way back into pitching in games. But the Rockies agreed on the more aggressive and experimental strategy of letting Matzek leave the team and try to fix his mind set and his mechanics in California.
Roving pitching coordinator Bo McLaughlin is expected to visit Matzek in California.
The Rockies drafted Matzek 11th overall in 2009 out of Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif. and gave him a franchise-record $3.9 million signing bonus. The size of their investment obviously influenced the Rockies decision to let Matzek go work with his personal pitching instructor. But the Rockies strongly believe in Matzek’s talent and desire and are convinced he ultimately will succeed in a big way and are willing to take this unconventional to help make that happen.