This is going to be a regular feature here on OP, every Thursday.
Pitcher of the week: Brian Matusz
Why He’s Here: 12.1 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 15 K, 1 W, .190 BAA, 4.38 ERA
Scoop: After 8 starts with the Orioles in 2009, Matusz returned to the rotation for the 2010 season and he hasn’t disappointed. Matusz has flashed brilliance, his changeup has been flat out nasty and he’s kept hitters off balance.
If not for the Orioles’ bullpen, Matusz’s ERA would be 2.19 (bullpen allowed 3 runs that Matusz allowed on base). He’s already showing signs of becoming the ace he’s expected to be.
Hitter of the week: Xavier Avery
Why He’s Here: .400/.516/.400 (10 for 25), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
Scoop: Last season, Avery managed 4 walks a month into the season, this year it took him 5 games. Avery has demonstrated excellent patience at the plate, with more walks the strikeouts.
If Avery keeps this up, he’ll be a top 100 prospect by the end of the season. I really believe he’s in for a breakout season, and he’s the 5th youngest player in the Carolina League.