Braves Pitcher Tyler Matzek is one of very few pitchers to overcome the yips. Matzek was the 11th overall pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2009, Matzek was once considered as the Rockies top prospect. He finally made his MLB debut on June 11, 2014, against the Atlanta Braves, Matzek went 7 innings only allowing 2 runs and striking out 7. Matzek ended up posting a 4.05 ERA in 19 starts. But during the 2015 season, he optioned to Triple-A after he walked 19 batters in only 22.0 innings on 5 starts and his walks per 9 shot up to 7.8 after only being 3.4 the previous season.
Matzek met with various doctors and psychologists, Matzek realized perseverance was the best way to overcome what was later diagnosed with what is known as performance anxiety or more commonly known as stage fright. Matzek spent a little time with the Arizona Diamonds in spring training last year. But Matzek decided that he needed to fix some mechanical flaws after working so hard to get his control back. Matzek then started a second stint with the Texas Air Hog an independent league team.
Matzek signed with the Braves towards the end of the 2019 season. A longshot to make the braves roster to start the 2020 season and now he’s pitching scoreless innings in the NLDS. Quite a comeback from Tyler Matzek and his underdog story is still being written.