Just a few weeks ago, Orioles lefthander Brian Matusz was barely on the AL-only radar and might not have even been considered for a spot in the starting rotation. After a strong finish to 2010, Matusz was awful last season. The main issue was velocity with his fastball often topping out at 88 m.p.h.
He went 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA in 12 games last season. So far in the spring, the velocity is back for Matusz. has been throwing his fastball in the 91-95 m.p.h. range. Scouts are saying he is throwing the ball as good as he ever has.
In his last three starts over 13 innings, Matusz has allowed one run, walked one and struck out 13. Spring training results often don't mean much, but in the case of Matusz it is important. Late in the draft, you want to draft a player with upside and Matusz is in that category.