The Detroit Tigers continue to dive back into the northeastern part of the country and draft in the 4th round Tyler Mattison, a right-handed pitcher out of Bryant University.
The Detroit Tigers continue to stockpile pitching, picking their fourth pitcher of the draft (Jackson Jobe, Ty Madden, and Dylan Smith) with Tyler Mattison, a righty out of Bryant University, which is located in Rhode Island.
Who is Tyler Mattison?
Tyler Mattison stands at 6’4, 235 lbs. He is originally from Fort Ann, New York. He took a big step forward from his last full season in 2019. He made an impression at the first ever MLB Draft Combine, where he was one of a few pitchers that hit 96 mph with his fastball.
Tyler Mattison stats
2021: 80 IP 57H 95K 14 BB K per 9: 10.63 2.46 ERA
Career stats: 232.2 IP 218 H 91 ER 233 K 3.52 ERA
Tyler Mattison Scouting Report
He throws a fastball that sits in the mid-’90s (92-95) with a changeup that drops to around 82 MPH. He does throw a curve and a cutter but according to Baseball America ($), it does lack spin and the possibility to get batters out on the next level.
He came in at the 364 ranked prospect according to Baseball America.
The Northeastern flavor
The Tigers recently have been drafting heavy in the Northeastern area. Jason Foley (undrafted out of Sacred Heart in New York) Brendan White( 2019 draft pick Siena University, New York), and John Valente (2018 draft pick St. John’s University in Queens, NY)
This appears to be a value pick for the Tigers, who do need relief help in the bullpen in the lower levels. Mattison with his size and a fastball that can touch 96-97, was a starter in college, could continue to be one if he can finish developing his curveball as an out pitch. The changeup does appear to be a plus pitch so we shall see what role he will play for the Tigers.