Matthew Liberatore
19-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Any investment in a prep pitcher who has not made his full-season debut is fraught with risk, but Liberatore has the qualities dynasty-league managers should be looking for when contemplating taking that plunge. A 6-foot-5, 200-pound southpaw, Liberatore was in the mix to be a top-five pick in 2018, but his velocity ticked down and he scuffled with his command late in his senior year. That small sample led to the Rays getting a bargain with the No. 16 overall pick. Liberatore was sitting 92-93 mph with his fastball and touched 95 mph after signing. He also boasts a plus curveball and a changeup that projects as another plus secondary offering. There is no guarantee that he will add velocity in the coming years, but given his age and projectable frame, it would not be surprising if he were sitting 94-95 mph with his heater by the time he reaches the majors. That would all add up to a frontline starter, given his athleticism and expected command gains. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2018 that includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Reinstated from IL
PTampa Bay Rays  A
August 22, 2019
Liberatore (back) was activated from the 7-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's start against Low-A Lake County, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. He allowed one run on a hit and a walk while striking out two over three innings.
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Liberatore was placed on the injured list Aug. 10 due to back spasms, though fortunately, he wasn't sidelined for long. He owns a 3.15 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with a 71:30 K:BB over 74.1 innings this season for Low-A Bowling Green.
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Completes bullpen session
PTampa Bay Rays  A
Back
August 19, 2019
Liberatore (back) tossed a bullpen session Monday and said he felt good afterwards, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on IL
PTampa Bay Rays  A
Back
August 10, 2019
Liberatore was placed on the injured list at Low-A Bowling Green on Friday with minor back tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Solid at Low-A level
PTampa Bay Rays  A
June 4, 2019
Liberatore, the 16th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and .187 BAA across 21 innings over his first four starts with Low-A Bowling Green.
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Targeting 115 innings
PTampa Bay Rays  A
March 25, 2019
Liberatore is expected to be held back in extended spring training to start the year but still expects to throw around 115 innings in his first full season, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
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Signs, joining GCL club Wednesday
PTampa Bay Rays  A
June 13, 2018
Liberatore, the 16th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, signed with the Rays for $3.5 million Friday and will head to the organization's Gulf Coast League team Wednesday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.
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