Posted by: bhyman | August 15, 2008

O’s sign Matusz to big league deal

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.

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