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Duke ace, potential No. 1 pick Mike Matuella needs Tommy John surgery

Mike Matuella Duke

Duke right-hander Mike Matuella, viewed by some analysts as the potential No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Matuella started six games this season, throwing 25 innings with a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts. J.J. Cooper of Baseball America notes that in addition to the elbow surgery teams have also been worried about the health of his back, so the 6-foot-6 junior’s stock could be plummeting.

Brady Aiken, who went unsigned as last year’s No. 1 overall pick, recently had Tommy John surgery and one of the projected candidates to be the No. 1 overall pick next year, Stanford ace Cal Quantrill, had Tommy John surgery in mid-March.

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