Ofahn- we agree completely on this topic. The only difference between the two is that Matusz was completely dominant in A and AA before being pre maturely sent to Baltimore.
If we had that to do over again, Brian should have spent time at AAA where some of his short comings would have been detected prior to reaching Baltimore. While Brian provides a glimmer of being an effective short reliever at the MLB level, I would bet against ever seeing Hobgood reach the majors. I don't think the talent is there. Couple that with the type of injury he sustained and you have a bad recipe for reaching the show.
I think that the way these kids were managed or lack there of has forever damaged both of them. I also think Britton and Arrieta were hurt by the lack of good developmental coaches. Amazingly Tillman has survived and seems to be on a good track. Could be because he was brought through Seattles system prior to ours. I think Tillman would have prospered sooner with better coaching as well. What a shame, two high profile draft picks and almost nothing to show for it.