Brian Matusz

Brian Robert Matusz (/ˈmætəs/ MAT-əs; born February 11, 1987) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs.

Brian Matusz
Matusz with the Baltimore Orioles
Born: February 11, 1987 (age 31)
Grand Junction, Colorado
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 4, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
July 31, 2016, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record27–41
Earned run average4.92
Brian Matusz
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro Team


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

Baltimore Orioles

Brian Matusz on August 30, 2009
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.[6] 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 June 30 to work on his velocity.[7] He was later recalled and continued to struggle, posting a 1-7 record and 9.84 ERA before his removal from the starting rotation in September.[8]

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.[9]

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.

On May 23, 2015, Matusz was ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning for cheating, specifically for having a foreign substance on his right forearm. He was the second pitcher to be ejected for a foreign substance in that past week. He was suspended for 8 games.[10]

On February 4, 2016, Matusz and the Orioles agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.[11] He was coming off a career-best season out of the bullpen, having posted a 2.94 ERA and 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings 58 relief appearances.

Atlanta Braves

On May 23, Matusz and the 76th pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft were traded to the Atlanta Braves in return for minor league pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek. The Braves designated Matusz for assignment shortly after completing the trade.[12][13]

Chicago Cubs

Shortly after being released by the Braves, the Chicago Cubs signed Matusz to a minor league deal. After being employed solely as a reliever since 2012, the Cubs assigned Matusz to be a starter in the minors. On July 30, 2016, the Cubs called him up to start against the Seattle Mariners on July 31.[14] However, after a poor outing in that game, the Cubs designated him for assignment the very next day.[15] He later cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.[16] Despite the fact he only appeared in one game for the Cubs during their 2016 World Series season, he was given a World Series ring.[17]

Arizona Diamondbacks

Matusz signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a minor league contract for 2017.[18] After struggling in the minors, he was released on May 16, 2017.


  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. ^ Schmuck, Peter (April 2, 2011). "SchmuckMatusz's injury has Orioles already scrambling". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  7. ^ Zaleon, Avi (June 30, 2011). "Struggling Matusz optioned to Norfolk". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Orioles' Brian Matusz out of rotation". Associated Press. September 6, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  9. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany (November 7, 2012). "Matusz on track for Spring Training after surgery".
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  11. ^ Kruth, Cash (February 4, 2016). "Orioles avoid arbitration with Matusz". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  12. ^ Ghiroli, Brittany (May 23, 2016). "O's deal Matusz, improve pitching. On June 14, 2016 the Chicago Cubs signed Matusz to a minor league deal. depth". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 23, 2016). "Braves strengthen Draft pool with trade". Retrieved May 24, 2016.
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  15. ^ "Cubs Part Ways With LHP Brian Matusz, Recall RHP Spencer Patton". CBS Chicago. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  16. ^ Wray, Miles (2016-08-08). "SP Brian Matusz lands with Triple-A Iowa Cubs". Today's Knuckleball. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
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  18. ^ Adams, Steve (February 13, 2017). "D-Backs, Brian Matusz Agree To Minor League Deal". MLB Trade Rumors.

External links

2005 Major League Baseball draft

The 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. It is widely considered to be one of the best drafts in recent memory.Source: Major League Baseball 2005 Official Draft Site

2007 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2007 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2008 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2008 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2008 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship Series

The 2008 West Coast Conference Baseball Championship Series was held on May 24, 2008 at San Diego's home stadium, John Cunningham Stadium in San Diego, California, and pitted the top two finishers from the WCC regular season. The event determined the champion of the West Coast Conference for the 2008 NCAA Division I baseball season. San Diego won the series two games to none over Pepperdine and earned the league's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

2009 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2009 season was the 109th season in franchise history. The Orioles finished the season last in the AL East with a record of 64–98. It was the fifth consecutive season in which the Orioles had fewer wins than in previous year.

The Orioles missed the playoffs for the twelfth straight season, tying a record set between 1984-95

2010 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles 2010 season was the 110th season in franchise history.

2011 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2011 season was the 111th season in franchise history, and the 58th in Baltimore. It also marked the last year of a streak of fourteen consecutive losing seasons dating back to 1998.

2012 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

2015 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2015 Baltimore Orioles season was the 115th season in franchise history, the 62nd in Baltimore, and the 24th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They were attempting to defend their 2014 AL East title, but were eliminated from the division title race on September 23, ​11 1⁄2 games back from Toronto. They were entirely eliminated from the postseason on September 28, ​6 1⁄2 games back from Houston for the second AL wild card spot. They finished the season .500, their 4th straight non-losing season under manager Buck Showalter.

The one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season was first baseman Chris Davis winning the MLB Home Run Championship with 47, the third consecutive year in which the crown was won by an Oriole after Davis in 2013 and Nelson Cruz in 2014. Third baseman Manny Machado was the only player in the majors to play all 162 games, a reassuring feat after Machado had missed significant portions of the preceding two seasons due to knee injuries.

2016 Baltimore Orioles season

The 2016 Baltimore Orioles season was the 116th season in franchise history, the 63rd in Baltimore, and the 25th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They improved on their 2015 record of 81–81 (.500). They ensured this by winning their 82nd game on September 18 against the last place Tampa Bay Rays. They were eliminated from division contention on September 24, 7 games behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox, who would go on to clinch the division on September 28. They would advance to the playoffs on the last day of the season, October 2, where they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Wild Card Game 5–2 in 11 innings; this was the Orioles' third postseason appearance in five years.

Right fielder Mark Trumbo won the MLB and American League home run championships with 47; 2016 was the fourth consecutive year in which an Oriole won the homer crown following Chris Davis in 2013, Nelson Cruz in 2014 and Davis again in 2015. Closer Zach Britton recorded a perfect 47 saves in 47 opportunities; Britton set an all-time record of 43 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run. Britton's 0.54 ERA was the lowest ever recorded by a pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched.

2016 Chicago Cubs season

The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6.They began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games. The team also reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910.

The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Cubs were also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history.

Baseball at the 2007 Pan American Games

Baseball at the 2007 Pan American Games took place at Cidade do Rock which received temporary facilities for baseball competitions, with a stadium and training fields. Total capacity for these facilities is 651 spectators.

Cuba is the reigning Pan American Games baseball champion, with 10 consecutive gold medals in Pan American Games.

Frank Mata

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Josh Romanski

Joshua Michael Romanski (born October 18, 1986) is an American minor league baseball outfielder for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He is a former left-handed pitcher. Prior to beginning his professional career, Romanski attended the University of San Diego.

List of Baltimore Orioles first-round draft picks

The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Baltimore, Maryland. They play in the American League East division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Orioles have selected 58 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 58 players picked in the first round by Baltimore, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 21 of them were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. Eleven outfielders, eight shortstops, six catchers, two third basemen, and one second basemen were also taken. The team has never drafted a player at first base. 16 of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, and Florida follows with five players. The Orioles have also drafted two players from Canada, Ntema Ndungidi (1997) and Adam Loewen (2002). The Orioles have not drafted any players from their home state of Maryland.Two players have won a championship with the team; Bobby Grich (1967), who was a part of the 1970 World Series championship team, and Rich Dauer (1974), who was a part of the 1983 World Series championship team. None of the Orioles' first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. One pick, Gregg Olson (1988), has won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award; he won the award in 1989. The Orioles had the first overall selection once in the draft, which they used on Ben McDonald (1989). Jayson Werth (1997) was originally drafted as a catcher, but was converted to a right fielder, and primarily plays that position in the major leagues.The Orioles have made 11 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and six compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Orioles have failed to sign two of their first-round picks, Brad DuVall (1987) and Wade Townsend (2004). They received the 28th pick in 1988 and the 48th pick in 2005 for failing to sign DuVall and Townsend, respectively, as compensation.

Major League Baseball Rookie of the Month Award

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San Diego Toreros baseball

The San Diego Toreros baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of the University of San Diego, located in San Diego, California, United States. The program has been a member of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference since prior to the 1985 season. Beginning in 2013, its home venue will be Fowler Park, located on the University of San Diego campus. Rich Hill has been the program's head coach since prior to the 1999 season. As of the end of the 2012 season, the team has appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments, all since 2002. It has won four conference championship series, three regular season conference championships, and two regular season division championships. As of the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, 15 former Toreros have appeared in Major League Baseball.

West Coast Conference Baseball Championship

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Zach Britton

Zachary Grant Britton (born December 22, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Britton graduated from Weatherford High School in Texas and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the 2006 MLB draft. Initially a starting pitcher, Britton converted to a closer and led the American League in saves in 2016 and was named to the AL All-Star team in 2015 and 2016. From September 20, 2015, to August 23, 2017, Britton converted 60 straight saves, an American League record. The Orioles traded Britton to New York during the 2018 season

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