First-round draftee Brian Matusz continued his quick rise through the Minor Leagues on Thursday night, when he threw a seven inning complete game shutout against the Akron Aeroes. Matusz had as many strikeouts (six) as he allowed baserunners (six).
Matusz, the fourth overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, started the year with Class A Frederick and went 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his first 11 starts. Now, through three starts with Double-A Bowie, he’s 3-0 with an 0.49 ERA.
Despite his rapid success, the Orioles have no plan to promote Matusz to the big leagues this season. Matusz likely sit at Bowie all year, which should set him up for an extended audition in Spring Training and a starting point at Triple-A Norfolk.