Top Prospect #19: Brian Matusz

NAME: Brian Matusz
ORGANIZATION: Baltimore Orioles

NCAA 15 105.0 12-2 1.71 141 1.00

Scouting Report: The Orioles have two of the best pitching prospects in the game today with this youngster edging out Tillman. Matusz has a quick, live arm and fantastic command of his stuff. While his fastball can reach the mid-90’s, what makes him so dominant is how he keeps hitters off balance by mixing in a strong change up, power curve and a deceptive 3/4 arm slot. He also throws all three of these pitches for strikes on both sides of the plate which just adds to his effectiveness. The fact that he has harnessed all of these traits at such a young age displays what a strong presence he has on the mound. Look for him to get better and better and become a front line starter for the O’s.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
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5 Responses to Top Prospect #19: Brian Matusz

  1. Just to give you a heads up, the prospects are going to start coming fast and furious!

  2. E K says:

    I have to admit I am not familiar at all with this one. How many years did he go to college? When do you think he’ll get a shot at the majors?

  3. Matusz played three years at the University of San Diego and put up some great numbers. In 2007 he went 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA, 163 strikeouts (11.9 K/9) and a WHIP of 1.10. Then in 2008 he went 12-2, 1.71 ERA, 141 strikeouts (12.1 K/9) and 1.00 WHIP.

    The Orioles drafted him in the first round (4th overall) in last year’s draft so I’m guessing we will see him for the September call ups in 2011 or so.

    I recommend trying to watch some of his games this season (if you have the means) as his change is great and has a big hard hook.

  4. Mike says:

    As much as I hate to say it, I think Matusz is going to end up being better than Anderson. I mean, of course, until Anderson’s contract is up and he joins the Yankees or Red Sox. Then he’ll win 25, enjoying a 6-runs-per-game offense behind him.

  5. I agree with you that Matusz will most likely be better. I had to go with who’s better at this point and since Matusz was just drafted, Anderson got the nod.

    At this time next year it will be a different story.

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