Remember what I said before, when the Orioles called up Chris Tillman to make his major league debut? I’m gonna go ahead and stand by those thoughts, because Brian Matusz has arrived.
Baltimore’s first round pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz ate up the bus leagues this season. He started out with the Frederick Keys in the Carolina League before a 4-2 record, 2.16 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 66.2 innings convinced somebody that maybe he should be testing himself against stiffer competition. So it was on to the Eastern League with the Bowie BaySox, where he only went 7-0, 1.55 ERA, 46 strikeouts in 46.1 innings, and allowed the league to hit .189 against him. The only start he didn’t win was his last one, on August 1, when he was pulled after just an inning.
Totals between the two levels: 11-2, 1.91 ERA, 121 strikeouts in 113 innings. I’d say he was ready for The Show.