After tossing seven shut out innings last night Matusz has now won his first seven starts in Double-A.
In his first professional season since being taken with the fourth overall pick in 2008 Matusz has been simply dominating. His FIP between Advanced-A and Double-A is 2.70. He has averaged 9.64 strikeouts per nine innings. His command has been oustanding this season with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.87.
The tall, projectable left hander has also done a nice job of keeping the ball on the ground and preventing longballs. His ground ball ratio is 48.5 percent this year and his homerun-to-flyball rate is just 6.2 percent.
Matusz’s fastball currently sits between 92-94, although he has the potential to gain velocity as he matures. He also features a curveball and change-up that could develop into plus pitches. His curve is especially tough on lefties. His change-up can be deceptive and has a good speed differential from his fastball clocking in the low 80s.
Matusz signed a major league contract so he could find himself pitching in Baltimore rather soon. The Orioles are assembling a strong cast of young talent and they seem to be following the Tampa Bay Ray’s model of success. There is no doubting the thought of a Matusz-Weiters battery in the future is an exciting prospect for Oriole fans.