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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.68 1.29 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date2-11-1987
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age27 years, 8 months, 10 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2.62010
-1.32011
0.82012
0.62013
0.32014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2009 BAL 22 8 8 44.7 44.7 0.0 5 2 0 0 2 0 196 52 24 23 6 86 14 14 0 38 4.63 4.13 4.27 10.2 1.0
2010 BAL 23 32 32 175.7 175.7 0.0 10 12 0 0 18 1 760 173 88 84 19 268 63 60 7 143 4.30 4.02 4.69 24.9 2.6
2011 BAL 24 12 12 49.7 49.7 0.0 1 9 0 0 0 0 244 81 60 59 18 151 24 23 0 38 10.69 7.69 8.15 -11.4 -1.3
2012 BAL 25 34 16 98.0 84.7 13.3 6 10 0 1 6 0 441 112 61 53 15 185 41 37 0 81 4.87 4.64 4.75 7.5 0.8
2013 BAL 26 65 0 51.0 0.0 51.0 2 1 0 5 0 0 208 43 21 20 3 60 16 14 2 50 3.53 2.94 3.52 5.3 0.6
2014 BAL 27 63 0 51.7 0.0 51.7 2 3 0 5 0 0 226 51 23 20 7 89 17 13 3 53 3.48 4.03 3.96 3.1 0.3
Career21468470.7354.7116.02637011261207551227725968839175161124034.954.434.8439.74.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 gcr Wnt 7 6 26.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 BAL MLB 8 8 44.7 4.27 118 .274 .271 .336 .434 .262 .333 108 10.2 1.0 10.2 1.0
2009 FRD A+ 11 11 66.7 3.75 118 .241 .257 .333 .385 .263 .293 102 11.5 1.2 11.5 1.2
2009 BOW AA 8 8 46.3 3.36 119 .176 .266 .340 .397 .271 .250 93 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2010 BAL MLB 32 32 175.7 4.69 107 .249 .263 .330 .416 .261 .292 113 25.5 2.7 24.9 2.6
2011 BAL MLB 12 12 49.7 8.15 19 .386 .258 .323 .408 .266 .382 101 -11.1 -1.2 -11.4 -1.3
2011 FRD A+ 1 1 4.0 3.74 107 .155 .254 .316 .372 .242 .167 85 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 BOW AA 1 1 6.0 4.32 84 .151 .275 .342 .385 .273 .150 79 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2011 NOR AAA 9 9 54.7 4.46 103 .243 .262 .331 .401 .254 .290 94 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2012 BAL MLB 34 16 98.0 4.75 96 .291 .253 .317 .411 .263 .319 103 6.8 0.7 7.5 0.8
2012 NOR AAA 10 6 47.0 4.64 94 .233 .265 .328 .392 .253 .281 94 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2013 BAL MLB 65 0 51.0 3.52 117 .237 .258 .324 .410 .271 .292 98 5.3 0.6 5.3 0.6
2014 BAL MLB 63 0 51.7 3.96 104 .273 .248 .311 .379 .259 .301 99 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 gcr Wnt 2 4 0 7 6 26.7 26 7 31 6 0% .294 8.8 2.4 2.0 10.4 1.24 4.72 0.0 0.0
2009 FRD A+ 4 2 0 11 11 66.7 56 21 75 5 52% .293 7.6 2.8 0.7 10.1 1.15 2.16 11.5 1.2
2009 BOW AA 7 0 0 8 8 46.3 31 11 46 2 47% .250 6.0 2.1 0.4 8.9 0.91 1.56 7.9 0.8
2009 BAL MLB 5 2 0 8 8 44.7 52 14 38 6 31% .333 10.5 2.8 1.2 7.7 1.48 4.63 10.2 1.0
2010 BAL MLB 10 12 0 32 32 175.7 173 63 143 19 37% .292 8.9 3.2 1.0 7.3 1.34 4.30 24.9 2.6
2011 NOR AAA 2 3 0 9 9 54.7 51 19 41 4 46% .290 8.4 3.1 0.7 6.8 1.28 3.46 4.3 0.4
2011 BAL MLB 1 9 0 12 12 49.7 81 24 38 18 28% .382 14.7 4.3 3.3 6.9 2.11 10.69 -11.4 -1.3
2011 BOW AA 0 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 1 1 0 50% .150 4.5 1.5 0.0 1.5 0.67 0.00 -0.1 -0.0
2011 FRD A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 2 2 2 0 17% .167 4.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 1.00 2.25 0.4 0.0
2012 NOR AAA 2 1 1 10 6 47.0 43 15 32 2 43% .281 8.2 2.9 0.4 6.1 1.23 4.21 2.2 0.2
2012 BAL MLB 6 10 0 34 16 98.0 112 41 81 15 43% .319 10.3 3.8 1.4 7.4 1.56 4.87 7.5 0.8
2013 BAL MLB 2 1 0 65 0 51.0 43 16 50 3 40% .292 7.6 2.8 0.5 8.8 1.16 3.53 5.3 0.6
2014 BAL MLB 2 3 0 63 0 51.7 51 17 53 7 36% .301 8.9 3.0 1.2 9.2 1.32 3.48 3.1 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 744 0.5457 0.4583 0.7889 0.6379 0.2426 0.8301 0.6585 0.2082
2010 2877 0.5450 0.4717 0.8231 0.6352 0.2758 0.8614 0.7175 0.1746
2011 940 0.5351 0.4128 0.8582 0.6004 0.1968 0.9106 0.6744 0.1418
2012 1686 0.5694 0.4692 0.8255 0.5958 0.3017 0.8689 0.7123 0.1745
2013 848 0.4870 0.4776 0.7432 0.6755 0.2897 0.8065 0.6032 0.2568
2014 901 0.4972 0.4828 0.7954 0.6629 0.3046 0.8586 0.6594 0.2046
Career79960.53750.46490.8130.63040.27360.85970.68720.1859

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-02-24 2014-03-02 Camp 6 0 - Fingers Other Wart Removed 2014-03-13 -
2012-10-17 2012-10-17 Off 0 0 - Abdomen Surgery Rectus Abdominis 2012-10-17 -
2012-06-12 2012-06-15 DTD 3 3 - Contusion - -
2011-06-19 2011-06-25 DTD 6 5 Left Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2011-04-10 2011-04-10 On-Alr 0 0 Left Fingers Dermatological Issue Wart Removed From Middle Finger -
2011-03-30 2011-06-01 15-DL 63 53 Trunk Strain Intercostal -
2011-02-27 2011-03-08 Camp 9 0 Left Fingers Dermatological Issue Wart Removed From Middle Finger -
2010-09-14 2010-09-20 DTD 6 5 Left Upper Arm Contusion Triceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BAL $
2014 BAL $2,400,000
2013 BAL $1,600,000
2012 BAL $1,450,000
2011 BAL $1,350,000
2010 BAL $1,300,000
2009 BAL $868,125
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$6,568,125
2011Current$2,400,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$8,968,125
6 yrTotal$8,968,125

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 156 dExcel Sports1 year/$2.4M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.6M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 4 years/$3,472,500 (2009-12). Signed Major League contract 8/15/08. $3.2M signing bonus (paid 2008-09). 09:$32,500, 10:$65,000, 11:$75,000, 12:$0.1M. Salaries in majors: 09:$0.425M, 10:$0.5M, 11:$0.55M, 12:$0.65M.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2008 (1-4) (San Diego University).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 1 0 0 76.1 58 23 69 7 .251 1.07 2.64 2.87 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 1 0 0 70.2 57 23 63 7 .263 1.14 2.99 3.25 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 1 0 0 66.2 57 23 60 7 .272 1.20 3.24 3.53 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 1 0 0 62.7 56 22 57 7 .280 1.24 3.46 3.76 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 1 0 0 59.6 55 22 54 6 .287 1.29 3.67 3.99 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 1 0 0 56.5 54 21 51 6 .294 1.34 3.88 4.22 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 1 0 0 53.3 53 21 48 6 .302 1.39 4.11 4.46 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 1 0 0 49.6 51 20 45 6 .311 1.45 4.38 4.76 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 44.6 49 19 40 6 .324 1.54 4.76 5.17 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0010059.15422536.2861.283.653.960.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
23% 59% 11% 8% 84%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152831157060542256740.2861.273.523.838.13.38.41.00.8
20162931152055451956640.2741.173.003.267.43.19.21.01.1
20173021148051471945640.2851.303.764.098.33.48.01.10.5
20183121145048441742640.2791.273.623.938.23.27.91.10.6
20193221136038361434540.2921.333.984.338.63.38.11.20.3
20203321133035311231440.2781.233.533.848.03.18.01.00.5
20213421130032291127440.2821.263.714.038.23.17.71.10.3
20223511128030281125440.2861.313.864.198.53.37.61.20.3
20233611128030281126340.2851.303.663.988.43.37.80.90.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
27.315.124.913.79.9590.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Luke Hochevar 2011 5.00
2 90 Jason Hammel 2010 4.91
3 87 Felipe Paulino 2011 4.78
4 86 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 0.00 DNP
5 85 Wil Ledezma 2008 4.47
6 83 Andrew Miller 2012 3.57
7 82 Manny Parra 2010 5.53
8 82 Alay Soler 2007 0.00 DNP
9 81 James Shields 2009 4.63
10 81 Andy Sonnanstine 2010 4.56
11 81 Robinson Tejeda 2009 3.67
12 81 Jeff Karstens 2010 5.28
13 81 Jordan Zimmermann 2013 3.42
14 81 Ricky Nolasco 2010 4.68
15 81 Charlie Morton 2011 4.30
16 81 Ryan Madson 2008 3.16
17 81 Dana Eveland 2011 3.03
18 80 Jeremy Bonderman 2010 5.89
19 80 Scott Baker 2009 4.46
20 80 Dwight Gooden 1992 4.06
21 80 Gavin Floyd 2010 4.42
22 80 Brett Myers 2008 4.83
23 80 Seth McClung 2008 4.02
24 80 Charles Nagy 1994 4.04
25 80 Shaun Marcum 2009 0.00 DNP
26 80 Britt Burns 1986 0.00 DNP
27 80 Kelly Downs 1988 3.59
28 80 Rick Reuschel 1976 4.05
29 80 Jason Vargas 2010 4.02
30 80 Tom Gorzelanny 2010 4.62
31 80 Edwin Jackson 2011 4.15
32 80 Kevin Millwood 2002 3.44
33 80 Paul Minner 1951 4.12
34 80 Jorge De La Rosa 2008 5.33
35 80 Jim Kaat 1966 3.37
36 79 Marc Rzepczynski 2013 3.82
37 79 Scott Kazmir 2011 27.00
38 79 Jeff Francis 2008 5.26
39 79 Pascual Perez 1984 4.08
40 79 Steve Carlton 1972 2.18
41 79 Matt Chico 2010 3.60
42 79 Jonathan Sanchez 2010 3.44
43 79 Jack Kralick 1962 4.49 DNP
44 79 Jerome Williams 2009 0.00 DNP
45 79 Tom Bradley 1974 6.03
46 78 Paul Maholm 2009 4.72
47 78 Bob Rush 1953 5.32
48 78 Glen Perkins 2010 7.06
49 78 Jo-Jo Reyes 2012 0.00 DNP
50 78 Armando Galarraga 2009 5.76
51 78 Dillon Gee 2013 3.80
52 78 Erik Hanson 1992 5.30
53 78 Pete Vuckovich 1980 3.89
54 78 Garrett Olson 2011 2.08
55 78 Steve Busby 1977 0.00 DNP
56 78 Homer Bailey 2013 3.66
57 78 Jason Berken 2011 5.55
58 78 Dan Haren 2008 3.58
59 78 Jesse Litsch 2012 0.00 DNP
60 78 Francisco Liriano 2011 5.43
61 78 Fernando Valenzuela 1988 4.49
62 78 Pedro Astacio 1996 3.61
63 78 Jason Davis 2007 6.57
64 78 Fergie Jenkins 1970 3.68
65 78 Taylor Buchholz 2009 0.00 DNP
66 77 Len Barker 1983 5.37
67 77 Andy Benes 1995 5.30
68 77 Johnny Podres 1960 3.48
69 77 Mike Garcia 1951 3.54
70 77 Josh Beckett 2007 3.41
71 77 Micah Owings 2010 5.40
72 77 J.P. Howell 2010 0.00 DNP
73 77 Fernando Nieve 2010 6.00
74 77 Boof Bonser 2009 0.00 DNP
75 77 Carlos Villanueva 2011 4.12
76 77 Matt Garza 2011 4.09
77 77 Bobby Parnell 2012 3.15
78 77 Dustin Hermanson 2000 5.82
79 77 Alex Fernandez 1997 3.79
80 77 Chris Bosio 1990 4.55
81 77 Ervin Santana 2010 4.20
82 77 David Cone 1990 3.57
83 77 Brandon Lyon 2007 3.04
84 77 Tom Poholsky 1957 5.74
85 77 Dick Ellsworth 1967 5.39
86 77 John Candelaria 1981 3.76
87 77 Angel Guzman 2009 2.95
88 77 Vinegar Bend Mizell 1958 3.84
89 77 Joe Gibbon 1962 4.42 DNP
90 77 Don Gullett 1978 3.83
91 76 Billy O'Dell 1960 3.60
92 76 Burt Hooton 1977 2.98
93 76 Doug Rau 1976 2.77
94 76 Paul Splittorff 1974 4.86
95 76 Bob Friend 1958 3.99
96 76 Max Scherzer 2012 3.93
97 76 Mike Witt 1988 4.69
98 76 Bill Singer 1971 4.56
99 76 Billy Pierce 1954 4.10
100 76 Gustavo Chacin 2008 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .187 .243 .317 .208
11 vs R (Multi) .316 .383 .491 .316
18 Split (Multi) -.129 -.140 -.174 -.108
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .168 .225 .277 .192
31 vs R (2013) .302 .375 .372 .277
38 Split (2013) -.134 -.150 -.095 -.084
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Improving on a season as dismal as Matusz’s 2011 wasn’t going to be hard, but Matusz was solid last season and downright good once he moved to the bullpen in August. He’ll be tried again as a starter in 2013, with the pen always a fallback option. While his fastball topped 91 mph as a starter, that’s still only lukewarm heat and below where he was in his prospect days. Aside from a changeup that some say is underwhelming, Matusz does have the repertoire of a starter, but he seems to lack the pitchability necessary to make his stuff work over multiple innings, as well as the work ethic to overcome this obstacle. His fastball sat near 93 mph in the bullpen and may serve him better in small bursts.
2012 With big things expected of him in 2011, former top prospect Matusz fell flat on his face, compiling a big league ERA over 10.00. His two stints with the club sandwiched a demotion and he was exiled to the bench. Mere bad luck can't explain this one, but it is hard to pinpoint what caused his downfall as scouts don't believe there's an injury or mechanical issue to blame. He stopped throwing his two-seamer—which led to a drop in groundballs from 37 percent to 28 percent—his change-up appeared to be straighter with less tumbling action, and he lost three miles per hour off his fastball before his demotion; the velocity returned to the majors with Matusz, but he still allowed over five runs in all six of his starts. There are whispers that there's an issue with his work ethic, but does it say more about Matusz or the Orioles that a pitcher could log one of the worst seasons in history?
2011 Another beneficiary of the Orioles’ defensive renaissance, Matusz ended July with a 5.46 ERA, having mixed solid starts with thrashings in about equal measure. Back in 1991, many mocked John Schuerholz for bringing the relatively light hitters Sid Bream and Terry Pendleton to Atlanta, but the defensive difference—the Braves went from last to first in defensive efficiency—really paid off for the likes of Tom Glavine and Steve Avery, just as the changeover from Wigginton and Tejada to Roberts and Bell seemed to help Matusz. That’s not to deprive the pitcher of his due—like so many Orioles pitchers, he discovered his command when Showalter arrived. In his final eight starts, all against tough opponents, his ERA was 1.57, as he allowed just 29 hits and struck out 43 in 46 innings. Unlike the older pitchers on the staff who had strong finishes, Matusz’s late-season dominance is easy to see as a turning point rather than a fluke. He has the tools to be a terrific pitcher and has begun to use them. Only caveat: as an extreme fly-ball pitcher, he will always be in jeopardy of having his mistakes become souvenirs, but that’s in no way a fatal flaw given his ability to get batters to swing and miss.
2010 The Orioles' first-round pick in 2008 and the first pitcher taken that year, Matusz is as polished as any pitching prospect in the game. After a shaky first month, he raced through the system to make his major-league debut in August, pitching just enough to keep his rookie eligibility for 2010. He's a very intelligent pitcher, working both sides of the plate, hitting locations, mixing his pitches, and makes adjustments. His stuff is above average but not quite elite: a 90-92 mph fastball that can reach 94, an outstanding changeup that is a true big-league swing-and-miss offering, and two quality breaking balls in his curve and slider. The latter two can go flat on him at times, but he's well-placed to start 2010 in the rotation.
2009 Matusz spent all spring carrying the title of "top college pitcher in the draft," and he ultimately went fourth overall before signing for a $3.2 million bonus. He's not the overpowering type, but he's greater than the sum of his parts because he has no real weakness. His fastball sits in the low 90s, his curveball is outstanding, as is his changeup, he even mixed in a pretty good slider, and all of the pitches are brought up a grade because of pinpoint control. Although he missed regular-season competition, he debuted in the Arizona Fall League, and after having little trouble getting people out there, he could begin his career as high as Double-A, and be part of the Orioles' rotation in 2010.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Baltimore have an issue with developing good starting pitching? Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, and Tommy Hunter are all now in the bullpen. Jake Arrieta is excelling in Chicago. Should Kevin Gausman be hoping for a trade?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Kevin Gausman will be just fine. I don't think their player development is the greatest but that also has to do with the players' makeup and willing to make adjustments and work. (CJ Wittmann)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Many talk about the Mariners lack of ability to develop their hitting prospects but couldn't you say the same about the Orioles on the pitching side? Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Zach Britton along with the struggles of Kevin Gausman (SSS I know) and the injury to Dylan Bundy. Should the O's be mentioned in the same breath in regards to their lack of development skills on the mound?
(Roger Dorn from San Mateo)
I don't know if I'm ready to say that the O's do not know how to develop pitching just yet. However, I will admit a lot of their pitching prospects have had different prospect paths than I would have predicted. . (Zach Mortimer)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What exactly was Brian Matusz's problem and how likely is he to bounce back?
(Phil K from Baltimore)
Matusz suffered an intercostal strain early last year and struggled to repeat his delivery - if a pitcher can't do that, he is totally hosed until he is healthy/fixed. I certainly think it can happen - there's nowhere to go but up - but wonder if there are any residual mental issues at work as well. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Brian Matusz regains his stuff?
(john m from ct)
There is obviously SOME chance, it's counting on it that is the risky part. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any idea why Brian Matusz stunk so bad last year?
(Bob from maryland)
Not specifically, but when you lose your stuff and your confidence, making adjustments can very difficult. If he can stay healthy and focused, he still has the potential to become the pitcher people thought he would become. It's all about the ability to fail and adjust to that failure. (Jason Parks)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)True or False: Brian Matusz's miserable 2011 can be chalked up to an injury and the future remains just as bright.
(Jay from Madison)
I'm not sure I like either answer. I'm not especially optimistic, but I don't think he'll be a bust, either. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)In a fantasy keeper league where the only pitching stats that count are IP and Runs Allowed, would you rather have Brian Matusz or Jeff Niemann over the next 3 years? Matusz will cost at least $15 a year going forward; Niemann will only make around $6 next season and possibly around $10-15 a season after that. Thank you!
(DS from LA)
At the start of this season, that would have been an easy Matusz answer. Now that both guys have durability issues on their resume, the answer isn't as clearcut. Maddon will let his guys work deeper into games if they show they can handle it so I'll take Niemann here as he's more likely to go 110 pitches into a game than Matusz is. (Jason Collette)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Brian Matusz will get right this year? Opens on DL, comes off, pitches mediocre at best, tweaks hammy.... I had high hopes for him, and now am at the point of cutting him for free agent Bud Norris.
(Yatchisin from Santa Barbara)
I wouldn't give up on Matusz, but if you can drop him for Norris, I'd definitely do it. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Am I going to be happy I've had Brian Matusz stashed on my roster all this time? There are folks like Dan Hudson and Brandon McCarthy lingering on our waiver wire.
(Yatchisin from Intercostal Clavicle)
I'd rather have Hudson right now since his worst stats are behind him (Jason Collette (note time))
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which AL East youngster is the better bet for 2011: Brett Cecil or Brian Matusz?
(PepeShady from StP)
Gotta like both, but when the stats look similar I have to trust the scouts, who say that Matusz is the more likely ace among this pair. Cecil hasn't been able to duplicate his minor league ground ball and home run rates yet in the Majors, and he's in a home park where that can hurt... (Cory Schwartz)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Orioles fan. Nobody in the majors is performing. Nobody in the minors is performing. I know they won't always be this bad, but realistically, when is the earliest they could contend? Last year pundits thought it was 2011/2012, but now that seems ridiculous. Will I have to wait until a salary cap is implemented or Angelos sells the team?
(Dan from Maryland)
This has been pretty much a lost year, as just about all of the key youngsters on whom the Orioles' future hinges has taken a step backwards - Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman... In retrospect, I think the team waited too long to pull the plug on Dave Trembley, because the situation has just festered, but keep in mind the Orioles' poor standing also has to do with the fact that the other four teams in the division are especially strong; the O's are 8-25 (.242) against them, which is worse than the 1962 Mets' pace.

In terms of contention, I think a lot depends upon whom they hire as a manager. Buck Showalter might be able to get them playing respectable baseball by sometime next year, but contention will take some front office smarts, and I'm not sure the guy who signed Garrett Atkins need apply. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)We're approaching 40 games into the season, and the shock of the O's dismal start is starting to fade, and now I can't help but feel bitter. Wasn't this the year they were supposed to make it to .500, beginning an upward trend for at least a few years? Can you help me make sense of it all?
(tmcghan from Bay Area, CA)
Well, losing Brian Roberts for a couple of months is a major blow, but you're right, there's some disconcerting stuff going on there, such as Adam Jones' chilly start, the odd shipment of Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, and the inexplicable continuing presence of Garret Atkins. Still, Matt Wieters is making progress, as is Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman appears to be coming around at Triple-A. Just remember that a turnaround for an organization with such a back history of losing takes time, and probably a change at the helm -- I'd have bet that Dave Trembley would get the axe before Trey Hillman, and I doubt he'll be around for much longer. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you say anything to give Orioles' fans hope, other than it's early?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Brian Matusz looks really good and Wieters is showing flashes of what made everyone sabergasm. Mike Gonzalez isn't going to blow every save and it's not like Miguel Tejada will be there forever. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)No more questions. Just wanted to thank you for the fun chat and for answering all 7 of my questions, even if some of them were a bit ridiculous (cy youngs, etc). Much appreciated! And oh... You have the right division and position for AL RoY but his name is Brian Matusz.
(Pat from New Jersey)
I just feel bad for people from Jersey.

Matusz isn't a terrible choice -- it could just come down to who has more inter-division starts. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the Orioles' Chris Tillman? For such a highly regarded prospect last year with a guaranteed job in the bigs, I find there to be surprisingly little buzz about him.
(Aaron from YYZ)
He's a bit overshadowed by Brian Matusz, who seems more big-league ready at the moment and who as a lefty has skills that are a bit more rare. Tillman's 2.1 HR/9 last year suggests he's got some growing pains still ahead of him, but as a long-term play, there's a lot to like. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Okay, I'll ask it: Brian Matusz at 18?
(Andrew from DC)
Um . . . That's where he is. I don't get the question. Too high? Too low? I obviously think it's just right. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)What prospect are you aiming to take in your fantasy drafts this year?
(MarinerDan from SF)
For non-keeper leagues, I like Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Wade Davis, and Brian Matusz. Almost all of those guys will get good playing time. One deep sleeper I like okay is Mark Hamilton of the Cardinals. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which young dynamic duo would you choose for your team long term? Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland or Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz?
(Chad from Arlington)
Feliz/Holland, I think. The combined upside is higher. (Tommy Bennett)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJquinton82 (NY): Heres a few topics: 1) Madison Bumgarner's missing velocity 2) First top 25 prospect to get called up, who & when? 3) The next Jimmy Rollins is...? 4) Word association - Yogi Berra ...discuss amongst yourselves

1) Either he's hurt, or he left it in his other pants. Like lost car keys, missing velocity is always in the last place you look.

2) Well, with Jason Heyward, Neftali Feliz, Brian Matusz and Alcides Escobar breaking camp, this doesn't seem like that big a deal, but I'll go with Buster Posey, May 9, after Bengie Molina sprains some fat.

3) ...taller than Rollins and hopefully blessed with a better OBP.

4) Provider of great book titles by cool people, including our own It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and friend Emma Span's 90% of The Game Is Half Mental, which is one of this spring's funniest baseball books.

Speaking of Yogi, I read a quote the other day that was attributed to him: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." Alas, that quote has also been attributed to one Johannes "Jan" L. A. van de Snepscheut, a Dutch computer scientist who taught at Caltech before bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe in 1994.

So there's a happy tale. (Jay Jaffe)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Brian Matusz has thrown 7,992 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (91mph).