March 26, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #26 Brian Matusz

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #26 | Brian Matusz | Orioles

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| February 11, 1987 (Grand Junction, Colorado)

| University of San Diego

| 6'5''

| 200 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

The Baltimore Baltimore Orioles selected Brian Matusz with the 4th overall pick of the 2008 draft. Matusz wrapped up a prolific collegiate career with a 26-8 record, a 2.87 ERA and 397 strikeouts in 317 innings. He has great control, walking only 98 batters in three seasons. Matusz signed late and didn't get any professional action during the regular season. Instead, the Orioles had to wait and see Matusz pitch in the Arizona Fall League where he had a great 31/7 K/BB ratio in 26.2 innings pitched. He has 4 pitches that he can throw at any time and they are all effective. Matusz won't require a long time in the Minor Leagues and should be near the top of the Orioles rotation within the next two years.

2008 Statistics
Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP     FIP
                            Not Available
2009 Outlook
Matusz will likely begin in the Carolina League with the Frederick Keys, the Orioles Advanced-A affiliate. As long as he pitches well, he should move quickly through the system.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball
  • Slider
  • Curveball
  • Change-up

Estimated Time of Arrival