Duke Baseball BIO
30 Michael Matuella
2015: Drafted with the No. 78 overall pick by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft ... Started six games on the mound … Went 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA … Allowed three earned runs on 20 hits over 25.0 innings … Struck out 24 batters and walked 11 … Limited opponents to a .238 batting average … Pitched six scoreless frames to earn the win in the season opener at California … Fanned eight Golden Bears’ batters and scattered four hits … Pitched a season-high 6.1 innings in Duke’s 5-3 win over Pitt March 20, allowing one earned run while striking out five … Missed the second half of the season due to an elbow injury … Named the No. 1 college junior in Perfect Game’s preseason top 100 list … Tabbed first team Preseason All-America by Baseball America and third team by both D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game … Named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list … Elected to the team’s leadership council.
2014: Earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Ranked second on the team with a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts … Struck out 69 batters over 58.1 innings … Combined on two shutouts … Held opponents to a team-best .190 batting average … One of two Duke pitchers to limit the opposition to a batting average under .200 … One of four starting pitchers in the ACC to post an opposing batting average under .200 as well … Finished the season ranked 18th in the league in ERA (2.78), second in opposing batting average (.190), 17th in strikeouts (69) and third in strikeouts per game (10.65) … 2.78 ERA was the 10th lowest in Duke history in the aluminum bat era (since 1974) ... Ranked among the top 10 in the program’s single season records in WHIP (0.95 - 10th), strikeouts per nine innings (10.65 - 6th), hit per nine innings (6.17 - 5th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.60 - 9th) ... Earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors Feb. 17 after throwing 5.0 perfect innings against Binghamton … Needed just 71 pitches to retire all 15 Bearcat batters he faced, fanning a then-career-high nine … Missed four weeks due to injury … Returned to throw 3.0 scoreless frames versus Notre Dame March 15 … Pitched a complete game in Duke’s 1-0 setback at Georgia Tech April 6 … Allowed just one unearned run in that contest, scattering four hits while striking out six … Nearly pitched a shutout at Virginia Tech April 20, tossing 8.2 scoreless frames … Struck out seven Hokie batters in the 2-0 Duke victory … Fanned a career-high 12 batters May 4 in the second game of a doubleheader against Longwood.
2013: Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Appeared in 22 games, starting seven on the mound ... Posted a 4-4 record with a 4.53 ERA ... Threw 57.2 innings, the fourth-highest total on the team ... Added 28 strikeouts while walking 14 ... Made nine ACC appearances with two starts ... Went 0-2 with an 8.35 ERA in league contests ... Made his collegiate debut Feb. 17 at No. 13 Florida, pitching an inning out of the bullpen ... Earned his first career start March 6 against Penn and picked up the win after tossing 5.0 scoreless innings ... Also earned victories over Quinnipiac, UNC Greensboro and North Carolina A&T ... Over the summer, pitched for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League, making four relief appearances.
High School: Lettered three years at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md. ... 2012 Perfect Game Atlantic Region honorable mention selection ... Served as team captain senior year ... Named honorable mention Perfect Game Underclassmen All-American as a junior ... Four-year Dean’s List honoree ... Member of the National Honor Society ... An AP National Scholar.
Personal: Born Michael Benjamin Matuella on June 3, 1994 ... Son of Lewis and Melanie Matuella ... Has an older brother (Tyler).