The 22-year-old handled high-A with ease pitching for the Frederick Keys, earning a spot on the Carolina League All Star team prior to his promotion. He went 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 11 starts.
At the time of his departure from Frederick, Matusz was third in the Carolina League in ERA (2.16), fifth in WHIP (1.14), and led the league (still does) in strikeouts (75). Matusz also displayed good command, walking just 21 batters in 66.2 innings (2.85 BB/9 IP).
The left-handed pitcher has been working on getting his fastball over for strikes early in the count, but he has three other pitches to fall back on, all of which can be above average. He will throw a curve, slider, and change and will throw the change to left- and right-handed batters.
His fastball rests in the low 90's most of the time, but he can dial it up into the mid 90's, hitting 94 m.p.h. multiple times. An added plus is his ability to get outs on the ground. He averaged 1.44 Go/Ao while with the Keys.
Matusz carries with him a scoreless streak that dates back to May 20 and has lasted 23 innings. He last pitched in a game on June 5.
The Baysox get Matusz at a great time as standout pitchers Jake Arrieta and Troy Patton have been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk in the past week. The Baysox are currently four games out of second place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League and trying to get into the playoff picture. It is early, but they are hosting the second place Reading Phillies. The Baysox took the first game of the series and game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
While pitching in Frederick, Matusz said, "Obviously, if I could, I'd like to take that next step." He has taken the "next step," and now it is up to him to prove himself in Bowie before he gets to take another.