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Brian Matusz

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Atlanta Braves

2016 Stats

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0-0

ERA

12.00

WHIP

3.00

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1

SV

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Orioles toyed with the idea of returning Matusz to being a starter last spring before opting to stick with him in the bullpen, where he had another productive season. Matusz was particularly deadl...

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2016 ADP:  680.43

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 190   DOB: 2/11/1987   BORN: Grand Junction, CO   COLLEGE: San Diego   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Brian Matusz Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2016, avoiding arbitration.

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Brian Matusz Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2009 22 A FRE 11 11 0 66.7 56 16 5 75 21 4 2 0 2.18 1.16
2009 22 AA BOW 9 9 1 51.7 34 9 2 51 14 8 0 0 1.57 0.93
2009 22 MAJ BAL 8 8 0 44.7 52 23 6 38 14 5 2 0 4.63 1.48
2010 23 MAJ BAL 32 32 0 175.7 173 84 19 143 63 10 12 0 0 0 4.30 1.34
2011 24 A FRE 9 1 0 4.0 2 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.25 1.00
2011 24 AA BOW 9 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
2011 24 AAA NOR 9 9 1 54.2 51 21 4 41 19 2 3 0 0 0 3.46 1.29
2011 24 MAJ BAL 12 12 0 49.7 81 59 18 38 24 1 9 0 0 0 10.69 2.11
2012 25 AAA NOR 10 6 1 47.0 43 22 2 32 15 2 1 1 0 0 4.21 1.23
2012 25 MAJ BAL 34 16 0 98.0 112 53 15 81 41 6 10 0 0 5 4.87 1.56
2013 26 MAJ BAL 65 0 0 51.0 43 20 3 50 16 2 1 0 4 18 3.53 1.16
2014 27 MAJ BAL 63 0 0 51.7 51 20 7 53 17 2 3 0 3 14 3.48 1.32
2015 28 MAJ BAL 58 0 0 49.0 38 16 5 56 20 1 4 0 2 2 2.94 1.18
2016 29 A FRE 2 0 0 7.0 3 1 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.29 0.43
2016 29 AA BOW 2 1 0 3.0 8 7 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 21.00 3.00
2016 29 MAJ BAL 7 0 0 6.0 11 8 3 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 12.00 3.00
3-Year Averages     62 0 0 50.6 44 18 5 53 17 1 2 0 3 11 3.20 1.21
Career  (View All)     279 68 0 525.7 561 283 76 460 202 27 41 0 4.85 1.45

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats

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Brian Matusz Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
May. 17 @Pit 1.7 5 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 12.00 3.00
May. 11 Phi 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 8.31 2.77
May. 1 @ChC 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.71 3.43
Apr. 30 @ChC 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 6.75 3.75
Apr. 25 Bos 0.7 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 9.00 5.00
Apr. 23 NYM 0.3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 6.00
Last 14 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 1.7 IP/G
1.7 5 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 21.60 3.60
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 1.0 IP/G
4.0 7 5 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 1 11.25 2.50
Last 60 Days
6 Games:  Avg. 0.8 IP/G
5.0 9 6 6 2 6 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 1 10.80 3.00

Brian Matusz Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201616055101.455
201510938419304.186
201411229623512.223

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201619126002.375
201597181619501.244
20141142411281005.277

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20164.000013315.753.00
201521.313027812.951.22
201425.300029922.841.22

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
20162.00000404.503.00
201527.7010291242.931.16
201426.323024854.101.41
Brian Matusz Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2009 22 A FRE 11 11 66.7 10.13 2.84 3.57 0.68 84.7% 2.18 2.87 .311
2009 22 AA BOW 9 9 51.7 8.88 2.44 3.64 0.35 84.8% 1.57 2.66 .253
2009 22 MAJ BAL 8 8 44.7 7.66 2.82 2.71 1.21 0.69 71.7% 91.5 MPH 4.63 4.22 .343
2010 23 MAJ BAL 32 32 175.7 7.33 3.23 2.27 0.97 0.85 70% 89.9 MPH 4.30 4.17 .304
2011 24 A FRE 9 1 4.0 4.50 4.50 1.00 0.00 75% 2.25 3.70 .177
2011 24 AA BOW 9 1 6.0 1.50 1.50 1.00 0.00 100% 0.00 3.37 .159
2011 24 AAA NOR 9 9 54.2 6.81 3.15 2.16 0.66 74.2% 3.46 3.81 .296
2011 24 MAJ BAL 12 12 49.7 6.89 4.35 1.58 3.26 0.55 52.9% 88.0 MPH 10.69 7.83 .382
2012 25 AAA NOR 10 6 47.0 6.13 2.87 2.13 0.38 64.3% 4.21 3.35 .290
2012 25 MAJ BAL 34 16 98.0 7.44 3.77 1.98 1.38 1.05 72.5% 91.1 MPH 4.87 4.79 .332
2013 26 MAJ BAL 65 0 51.0 8.82 2.82 3.13 0.53 1.08 69.6% 91.5 MPH 3.53 3.06 .299
2014 27 MAJ BAL 63 0 51.7 9.23 2.96 3.12 1.22 0.71 78.7% 90.6 MPH 3.48 4.07 .322
2015 28 MAJ BAL 58 0 49.0 10.29 3.67 2.80 0.92 0.87 79.2% 90.7 MPH 2.94 3.65 .287
2016 29 A FRE 2 0 7.0 15.43 0.00 0.00 1.29 100% 1.29 1.63 .205
2016 29 AA BOW 2 1 3.0 12.00 3.00 4.00 6.00 28.6% 21.00 10.20 .574
2016 29 MAJ BAL 7 0 6.0 1.50 10.50 0.14 4.50 1.57 66.7% 89.3 MPH 12.00 12.87 .334
3-Year Averages     62 0 50.6 9.44 3.03 3.12 0.89 76.8% 3.20 3.40 .303
Career     279 68 525.7 7.88 3.46 2.28 1.30 69.9% 4.85 4.52 .322

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2016 Stat Review for Brian Matusz    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.14 K/BB
TERRIBLE
1.50 K/9
TERRIBLE
10.50 BB/9
TERRIBLE
89.3 MPH Fastball
POOR
4.5 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.57 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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12.00 ERA
TERRIBLE
3.00 WHIP
TERRIBLE
12.87 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.334 BABIP
HIGH
66.7% Strand Rate
LOW

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Brian Matusz: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Matusz was traded to the Braves on Monday for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek.

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Matusz was lit up for four runs on five hits (two homers) and a walk across 1.2 innings in Tuesday's 10-0 loss to the Mariners.

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Matusz walked one in a scoreless inning against Minnesota on Wednesday.

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Matusz (back) was activated off the disabled list Saturday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Matusz (back) should be activated from the DL Saturday, Baltimore Sun reports.

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Matusz (back) will pitch 2-to-3 innings Tuesday with High-A Frederick, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Matusz (back) is expected to make one more appearance on his rehab assignment before being activated from the disabled list, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

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Matusz (back) will not rejoin the club Thursday as originally expected, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

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Matusz (back), who is slated to return to the Orioles on Thursday, allowed six runs on seven hits in one inning of work at Double-A on Monday.

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2016

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2015

When the Orioles made Matusz the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft, expectations were understandably high. Even then, if you had the thought that a converted left-handed starter would take over as the team's closer in 2014, Matusz surely would have been that closer rather than Zach Britton. Nevertheless, it was Britton who locked down the ninth inning while the Orioles secured their AL East title, and Matusz was part of the bridge to the ninth inning for the second straight season. In two years as a reliever, Matusz has fanned a batter per inning while posting a slightly lower walk rate than he did as a starter. There are still flaws, however, including his flyball tendencies in a park that bolsters right-handed power, and in his struggles against righties overall (.275/.351/.525). Perhaps something clicked in the second half, as Matusz held the opposition to a .192/.344/.346 line over 19 innings after the All-Star break, but in an era where a LOOGY can land a three-year, $15 million deal, Matusz could find plenty of long-term security even if he doesn't solve righties.

2014

Matusz has transitioned from a failed starter to one of the better left-handed relievers in the league. The Orioles may still be disappointed given Matusz was once a No. 4 overall draft pick who breezed through the minors and 51 good innings in 2013 does not provide much bang for the buck. At the request of Matusz, he will compete as a starter in spring training. There is sleeper potential for Matusz if he is a starter, but the Orioles may realize they are best served with him out of the bullpen. Further, his splits against righties, who hit .302/.375/.372 against him last season, reveal a major potential pitfall if he's overexposed in a multiple-inning role with a move back into the rotation.

2013

There was a time that Matusz was supposed to be the crown jewel among several top flight pitching prospects in Baltimore's system. Instead Matusz followed a horrendous 2011 with a subpar first half in 2012. After he lost five games in a row, Matusz was sent down and converted to be a reliever that the Orioles could use down the stretch. Matusz flourished in the role, allowing three runs in 24 appearances spanning 18 innings, including the playoffs, where he threw in all six games. Now the Orioles have a decision to make - attempt to return Matusz to the rotation or continue to use him as a lefty specialist. There will be starters in spring training that had better seasons as a starter than Matusz, so he will really need to wow the coaching staff if he plans on returning to the rotation.

2012

Most Orioles pitchers had a down year in 2011; Matusz completely imploded. The 24-year-old set the single-season record for highest ERA (minimum 40 IP), posting a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts with the Orioles. His mid-90s fastball devolved into a high-80s cookie and hitters routinely teed off. Matusz allowed an unreal 18 home runs in 12 short starts. Injuries may have been the culprit, however, as he battled an intercostal strain early in the year and experienced hamstring trouble soon after returning from the disabled list. It seems like Matusz may be back to Triple-A for 2012 to work out the kinks - he'll need to regain the velocity to recoup his top prospect status.

2011

On the surface, Matusz's season looks pretty mediocre, but keep in mind that he posted a league average ERA as a rookie in the AL East while pitching for a sub-.500 team. His strikeout rate dipped to 7.3 K/9IP innings pitched, and his walk rate went up 3.2 BB/9IP. Some adjustments have to be made both due to the level of competition and his lack of experience (remember, he skipped Triple-A entirely after pitching just 51.2 innings at Double-A Bowie). But when you look at Matusz's numbers, consider the steps that fellow division pitchers Clay Buchholz and Phil Hughes had to take before they reached their current level. Matusz has another level to reach, even if he doesn't quite get there in 2011.

2010

The top pitching talent in the 2008 draft, Matusz started the season in High-A, moved to Double-A, and skipped Triple-A altogether in his rise to the Orioles. He finally showed growing pains in Baltimore, but closed the season with three strong starts. Matusz has four pitches that can be effective at the major league level and having last season under his belt should pay dividends in the long run. Don't expect a painless transition, but there is no finer rookie pitcher to bank on in 2010.

2009

The second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Matusz was regarded by many to be the top talent available. He should also be ready for the majors sooner than most of his peers. He had a good but not great season in the Arizona Fall League and will probably start the year at High-A, with a good chance of moving through the system quickly. Don't bank on a debut this season, but he should get a chance in Baltimore by 2010. Matusz will be among the top pitchers taken in most keeper leagues.