The lovely and gorgeous Mrs. Lauren Matzek is the wife of MLB player Tyler Matzek; the California native is a relief pitcher currently signed by the Atlanta Braves, where his teammates affectionately called him Tyler Nutsack. Matzek previously played for the Colorado Rockies and high school baseball at Capistrano Valley High School.
Tyler Matzek Family
31-year-old Tyler Matzek was born on October 19, 1990, in Mission Viejo, California. Matzek is the son of Jeff Matzek and Kathy Reehl Briney. Jeff Matzek was born Jeffery Alan Matzek on July 24, 1959, in Midland, Michigan; he graduated from H.H. Dow High School.
Jeff Matzwek, who battled throat cancer when Tyler was a sophomore in high school, studied architecture at the University of Michigan and sports and Exercise Psychology at Argosy University in Orange County. He is currently the owner and president at Jeffrey A. Matzek & Associates.
Kyle’s momma Kathy Sue was born on March 25, 1955, is currently married to David Briney, the University of California and University of Phoenix graduate and current executive consultant at RnB Resources in Los Angeles. Tyler’s stepdad previously worked as global director for Agility, former VP and Global Director of a program at Vanguard Logistics, Consultant and senior project manager at RGP, partner, project manager, and executive consultant at RnTec Solutions, and assistant VP at Wells Fargo Bank.
Tyler has two brothers, Mychal and Kyle Matzek. Mychal, currently engaged to Hayley Jeffries, graduated in 2013 from Capistrano Valley; he later attended Irvine Valley High and San Francisco State University. Mychal is an IT Systems Administrator for Axonics Modulation Technologies; before that, he worked for Medical Specialities Managers, Masra Tech, PGA Tour, and Pacific Links.
Kyle Matzek is an assistant golf professional at Dove Canyon Golf Club and Tijeras Creek Golf Club before that. Kyle graduated from Capistrano Valley High School.
In addition to Kyle and Mychal, Tyler has two half brothers (from her mom’s side), Ryan and Jeff Johnson. The latter is a baseball coach atEl Toro High School and a realtor at Lantern Bay Realty.
Tyler Matzek High School
Tyler played baseball while attending Capistrano Valley High, where he had a 0.97 ERA and struck 102 in 86.2 innings his senior year when he also was CIF Orange County Player of the Year and helped the Cougars to the CIF championship.
He finished 4-2 with 33 strikeouts in 47.2 innings his junior year
“He’s one of the most competitive kids on the team,” says senior catcher Nolan Clark. “He came right back after being sick and went back to winning games for us.”
Tyler was rated the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the ESPNU player rankings.
Tyler Matzek MLB Career Timeline
- Matzek was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round (11th overall) during the 2009 MLB draft.
- He signed his first multi-million deal with the Rockies in August 2009. He didn’t pitch that season.
- He played with the Asheville Touriusat during the 2010 season and for the Modesto Nuts in 2011.
- In 2013, he continued to play for modest and later for the Tulsa Drillers and pitched for the River Rafters the following year.
- Also, in 2014, he played with the Triple-A Colorado Rockies.
- On June 11, 2014, the Rockies promoted him and made his debut that same day against the Braves.
- On September 5, 2015, playing against the Padres, Tyler got his first career complete-game shutout.
- He sustained an injury in his ankle in spring training in 2015, underwent surgery at the end of the 2015 season, and developed a case of the yips. He was sent back to the Triple-A.
“All I had was fear,” he said. “That put me into a freeze mindset, and that’s what led to the yips.”
- He was on the disabled list during 2016, and the Colorado Rockies eventually released him at the end of that season.
- Tyler battled with performance anxiety and found a specialist in July 2016
- He signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox in March 2017, but he was released later that same month.
- Tyler thought about quitting baseball, but his wife, Lauren, kept him going.
“In 2017, when I wasn’t getting picked up by anybody, I was back home in California, playing catch,” Matzek said. “Or rather, I was trying to play catch, throwing the ball all over the place. I basically told Lauren that I was done and that I was going to go back to school. I told her we were going to have to figure out the rest of our lives.”
“She basically said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘I know you can do it. I believe in you and you need to keep pushing along as long as you possibly can,’ ” Matzek recalled. “I said, ‘All right, I’ll do it.’ But I was done, honestly. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be playing baseball.”
- Early in 2018, he signed with the Seattle Mariners, but they released him before the season.
- He joined the Texas AirHogs on April 12, 2018.
- Tyler signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on January 15, 2019; however, they released him four months later.
- Matzek returned to play with the AirHogs in June 2019.
- He joined the Atlanta Braves on August 15, 2019; they assigned him to their AA affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, subsequently promoted Tyler to their AAAaffillite Gwinnett Stripers.
- He joined the Braves during the 2020 season, made his debut with Atlanta on its Opening Day roster.
Tyler Matzek ERA
Tyler Matzek’s current earned run average or ERA is 2.57, 3.50 overall. Back in 2014, Tyler Matzek’s ERA was 4.05, 4.09 in 2015. He was on the disabled list in 2016 and spent 2017, 2018, and 2019 from one team to another, but by 2020 he landed in Atlanta and recorded a 2.79 ERA, sweeping 43 batters in 21 relief appearances and 29 innings.
He played a fundamental role in game 6 when they advanced to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers; his teammates gave Matzek credit.
“He’s the reason we’re here. I mean, he just came up in all those clutch moments and, like, there’s just no describing,” NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario told MLB Network’s Heidi Watney through an interpreter after Game 6. “Every time we needed him he came up for us and he was the key for us out of the bullpen.”
Tyler Matzek Contract
Tyler Matzek’s two-year minor league contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves on August 15, 2019, from the Arizona Diamondbacks after two stints with the Independent Professional Baseball team, the Texas Airdogs.
- Matzek signed a $3.9 million signing bonus contract with the Colorado Rockies on August 17, 2009.
- In 2017, he signed a minor-league deal with the Chicago White Sox.
- Matzek agreed to sign another minor league contract in 2018, this time with the Seattle Mariners.
- Tyler signed his third minor league contract on January 15, 2019, with the Diamondbacks.
Tyler Matzek Net Worth & Salary
Tyler Matzek’s net worth is estimated at $5 million. He has an annual salary of $600,500. He will likely earn roughly $1,250,000 during the 2022 season. He will be a free agent in 2025.
Tyler Matzek Wife
Tyler Matzek’s amazing wife, Lauren, is one of the reasons he is where he is today; he helped the Braves clinch the World Series since 1999. So here is what we can tell you about the one and only Lauren Matzek.
Lauren Matzek was born Lauren Noelani Callinan on October 3, 1991. Lauren is one of the beautiful daughters of Jamie Lin Callinan, engineer services manager at Schneider Electric in Lake Forest, Cali. Lauren has one sister, Alanna Callinan, 26, of Mission Viejo, California, who graduated in 2013 from Capistrano Valley High.
Lauren and Tyler Matzek graduated together from Capistrano Valley High School in 2009. Tyler and Lauren became engaged on September 18, 2013, and married on November 15, 2014, in Mission Viejo, California. Lauren Matzek, an ovarian cancer survivor, lives in Atlanta with Tyler and their dog Maxwell.