The draft status and overall prospective value of Tyler Matzek and Matthew Purke will be contested back and forth between now and next June, similar to how Rick Porcello stacked up against Matt Harvey at a similar time as they prepared their talents for the 2007 draft. Many prospect publications and journalists seem to think Matzek is the top prep prospect available for 2009, and it is really hard to go too far out of my way to argue against them. Matzek and Purke actually have similar profiles before you see them in person. They're both left-handed pitchers in the 6'3", 180-190 range. Matzek has a little more meat on his bones, or at least isn't as long and wiry strong as Purke is. Matzek is also a talented overall athlete that could draw interest for his bat if he wasn't so talented as a pitcher. He too throws in the low-90s while reaching the 93-94 range, although there isn't much movement to this pitch, although at those readings you could argue that it doesn't need to move to be successful. While he does throw a very nice slider, he also spins a true, hard-breaking curveball that typically sits in the mid-70s. His changeup gives him a very polished four-pitch repertoire. Matzek's arm angle is more traditional, and his mechanics are picture perfect. He pitches aggressively and he isn't afraid to come inside on right-handed hitters. Matzek also pitched at the Aflac All-American Classic, the Under Armour game, Tournament of the Stars and the Perfect Game National Showcase this past summer. He has yet to commit to college.
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