June 16, 2013
By Eric DeSalvo
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Left-handed pitcher Chris Matulis was able to give his dad, Michael, a one-of-a-kind Father's Day present. The Boynton Beach native signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday following a two-year career at UCF in which he amassed a 12-5 record and 4.02 ERA in 161 innings.
"UCF has definitely helped me grow as a player," Matulis said after signing his contract with the Brewers. "Coach (Terry) Rooney has helped me become the pitcher I am today. He's helped me become more adapt to tough times as far as pitching and learning myself better."
Matulis is the second hurler to sign with an MLB team following the 2013 campaign as RHP Ben Lively inked a deal with the Cincinnati Reds following his selection in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He is also the first Knight to sign a free-agent deal since Nick Cicio in 2011 with the Minnesota Twins.
Overall, Matulis became the 112th player out of UCF to either be drafted or sign a free-agent contract since the program's inception in 1973. He is the 20th player to ink a pro deal following the draft for Rooney since he arrived in summer 2008.
After transferring to UCF from LSU in 2010, Matulis sat out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules and Tommy John Surgery on his left elbow. He returned to the bump in 2012 and amassed an unblemished 7-0 record in 20 appearances and 10 starts. In his senior campaign, he served multiple roles for the Knights and eventually settled in as a weekend starter.
In Conference USA play this past season, the 6-foot-6 lefty amassed four starts in which he went eight innings, including a victory at No. 14 Rice back on April 12. He finished the year with a 5-5 record and a 4.31 ERA in 19 appearances and 11 starts.