Brian Matusz

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Brian Matusz
Matusz with the Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles – No. 17
Born: (1987-02-11) February 11, 1987 (age 28)
Grand Junction, Colorado
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 4, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss pitching 26–37
Earned run average 4.95
Strikeouts 403
Brian Matusz
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Competitor for  United States
Pan American Games
Silver 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team

Brian Robert Matusz (/ˈmætʌz/ MAT-uz; born February 11, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.


Matusz attended the University of San Diego, where he played on the school's baseball team as a starting pitcher. Matusz, Josh Romanski, and Matt Couch anchored the Toreros rotation.[1]

Matusz was named to the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and finalist for the Roger Clemens Award.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Matusz with the Orioles

Drafted fourth overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Matusz signed a contract with the Orioles on August 15, 2008, the deadline to sign draft picks.[2]

In spring 2009 he was invited to the Orioles spring training. In June 2009, he was promoted from high Single-A (Frederick Keys) to a starting pitcher for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He struck out 10 batters in his first start for Bowie on June 17. Matusz was named Baseball America's ninth best overall prospect mid-season in 2009. Before the 2010 season, Baseball America named him the fifth best prospect in all of baseball.[3]

Matusz made his major league debut on August 4, 2009, against the Detroit Tigers. On his debut Matusz went five innings, allowing six hits, one earned run and striking out five. He earned a win in his effort. On September 14, the O's decided to shut Matusz down for the remainder of the season, wary of overextending the rookie in his first big league season.[4]

He was named a starting pitcher on Baseball America's 2010 All-Rookie Team.[5]

He missed the first two months of the 2011 season with an injury. He returned and got six starts and finished with a 1-4 record with an ERA above 7.00 before being demoted to Triple-A Norfolk on July 1 to work on his velocity.

Matusz began the 2012 season in the rotation, but was demoted to the bullpen in August. In the bullpen, Matusz excelled, striking out 19 with a 1.35 ERA in 18 appearances. He also did not allow a single inherited runner to score. He pitched the last three months of the season with a rectus abdominis tear, preventing him from sprinting, but not pitching. He had surgery in October to repair the tear, and was expected to be back for spring training.[6]

In 2013, Matusz made the transition to full-time reliever, appearing in 65 games. He was 2-1 with a 3.53 ERA for the Orioles.


  1. ^ "2008 Season Outlook". CBS College Sports Network. January 29, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Orioles come to terms with first-round pick Brian Matusz". August 15, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Cooper, J.J. (February 23, 2010). "The Complete Top 100 Prospects List". Baseball America. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ The Canadian Press (September 14, 2009). "Orioles decide to shut down rookie lefty Matusz". The Sports Network. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Eddy, Matt (October 19, 2010). "Future Big League Stars Highlight All-Rookie Team". Baseball America. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany (November 7, 2012). "Matusz on track for Spring Training after surgery". 

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