Monday, August 17, 2009

Rockies Shock The Baseball World, Sign First Rounder Matzek

The Colorado Rockies continue to surprise their fan base.

As the clock ticked closer to the 10 pm MDT deadline for Major League teams to sign their draft picks, the Rockies shocked the baseball world by signing Tyler Matzek, a hard throwing lefty from Orange County, CA.

Matzek was reportedly given a $3.9 million signing bonus, but was not given a Major League contract as he was initially looking for. The figure is more than double the recommended amount for the 11th overall draft choice.

The number also represents a record for the Rockies franchise.

After suggesting since the day of the draft that it would take around $7 million to convince the hard-throwing lefty to not fulfill his commitment to the University of Oregon, Matzek moved significantly on his part.

Matzek seemed intent on attending college, going as far as moving into his apartment in Eugene, OR over the weekend.

Matzek was widely considered the best prep player available in the draft.

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