After signing 2007 first-rounder Matt Wieters with just minutes to spare at last year’s deadline, the Orioles signed fourth-overall pick Brian Matusz a more comfortable nine hours before the deadline. The left-hander reached agreement on a Major League contract with a $3.2 million signing bonus. The bonus is only $450,000 more than Major League Baseball’s suggested value. However, because Matusz agreed to a Major League contract, the O’s must place him on their 40-man roster and he must reach the big leagues by 2012 or be exposed to waivers.
Matusz finished his junior campaign at San Diego going 12-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 15 games. In his repetoire: a low 90s fastball, a plus curve and changeup and an average slider. We ranked him fourth in our pre-draft rankings, the second best college pitcher on our list behind Nationals’ first-rounder Aaron Crow.