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
$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2018 that includes a $3.5 million signing bonus.
Signs, joining GCL club Wednesday
PTampa Bay Rays  R
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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The 18-year-old southpaw went an impressive 8-1 with a 0.93 ERA at Mountain Ridge (Arizona) High School last season, securing Arizona's Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year award in the process. Liberatore had previously committed to the University of Arizona, but he'll instead begin his professional career with the GCL Rays. The organization naturally has high hopes for the impressive prospect, who was ranked No. 4 overall in this year's draft by MLB.com and whom the Rays selected higher than any other high school pitcher in club history.
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Goes 16th overall to Rays
PTampa Bay Rays  R
June 4, 2018
The Rays have selected Liberatore with the 16th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft
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