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Brian Matusz
Brian Matusz Votes
Drafted: 2008, 1st (4)
124
2007
Rank
NR
ETA in
Majors
2010

Statistically speaking: Had he pitched enough innings in the Minors in 2009, Matusz would've finished fourth among full-season pitchers with his 1.91 ERA. His 9.64 K/9 ratio would be in the top 15 and he'd have been sixth among lefties. His .211 average-against would have ranked 11th overall and sixth among southpaws.

Scouting report: He's a lefty with stuff and command. He can get his fastball up to 94 mph and has two outstanding breaking pitches, a curve and slider. His changeup is an above-average offering, as well. He throws strikes and keeps it down in the zone. Matusz is a terrific competitor and has plus mound presence.

Upside potential: A top-of-the-rotation, left-handed starter. The term "ace" gets thrown around too often, but Matusz has the goods to fit that description.

They said it: "I think it's probably the most exciting time in a long, long time for the Orioles. For everyone who's been an Orioles fan, it's Christmas Eve. Tomorrow, we get to open another present." -- Orioles manager, Dave Trembley, prior to Matusz's Major League debut

He said it: "I couldn't be more excited about the year I had. I wouldn't say I'm satisfied, but I am happy with the progress I've been able to make in my first pro season. It's been a long year with a lot of different places and a lot of new teammates. I've come a long way. I'm really happy with my progress, and now I know that I can perform at this level. I know what it takes."