To learn about our efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of our website, please visit our Accessibility Information page. Skip to section navigation or Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Official Info

Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.

08/15/2008 4:36 PM ET
Orioles come to terms with first-round pick Brian Matusz
tickets for any Major League Baseball game
ADVERTISEMENT
print this pageprint this page    |    e-mail this pagee-mail this page
The Orioles today announced that they have come to terms with LHP Brian Matusz, their first-round pick (fourth overall selection) in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.

Matusz, 21, spent three years at the University of San Diego and was named the 2008 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after leading the NCAA with 141 strikeouts and tying for fifth among Division I pitchers with 12 wins. He had a 1.71 ERA for the Toreros, the fourth-best single-season mark in USD history.

In addition to his West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors, the left-hander was a two-time finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best amateur baseball player in the nation; a 2008 finalist for the Roger Clemens Award; a Louisville Slugger first-team All-American and a 2007 member of the USA Baseball National Team.

Matusz finished the 2008 season as the all-time USD leader in strikeouts (396) and tied the school's single-game record with 17 strikeouts in a victory over Harvard on March 22. In 2007, he helped the Toreros achieve a program-best No. 4 national ranking. He is the highest Draft pick in school history. Orioles amateur scout Mark Ralston was responsible for his selection.

A native of Cave Creek, Arizona, Matusz attended St. Mary's High School and was named Arizona Player of the Year his senior season, along with a Baseball America All-America distinction. He was originally selected in the fourth round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels but elected to attend USD.

print this pageprint this page    |    e-mail this pagee-mail this page