The Baltimore Orioles don't want to rush former USD ace Brian Matusz, the O's first-round pick last June, but Matusz seems like he's in a hurry to get to the major leagues.
Matusz pitched three scoreless innings yesterday in a spring game against the Marlins. The left-hander from Cave Creek, Ariz., has yet to allow a run in three spring appearances (including one against the Italian national team) this year.
The Orioles are trying to get Matusz to develop his fastball and changeup, as The Baltimore Sun mentioned in
THIS REPORT on Matusz this morning.
Here's a link to some PHOTOS of Matusz tracing his journey so far from USD to this spring in Florida. I would have thought the Orioles could get him a lower number than 86. Then again, maybe it's his favorite number. I'll have to ask.
By the way, No. 17, the number Matusz wore for three years at USD, is on the back of Orioles DH Aubrey Huff.