You may have noticed a pattern thus far with the fantasy baseball rookie posts, they’re mostly hitters. This is done on purpose. Hitters give you nothing and it’s a 3-for-50 line and you move on. A pitcher gives you nothing in the way of 5 IP, 10 ER and a 2.00 WHIP line and you wanna crawl into a ball in the corner of your shower and cry like you just figured out Einhorn is Finkle and Finkle is Einhorn. Rookies and Craigslist ads that read, “5′ 7″, 120 lbs., fitness model who loves cooking and cleaning and sex” are often very similar. Expectations and reality don’t always run hand in hand. When looking at rookies, you should expect nothing. Actually, expect to drop them by May. With that said, Brian Matusz has electric stuff and deserves his own post. So what can we expect of Brian Matusz for 2010 fantasy baseball?
In NCAA play, Matusz flat-out dominated with an 88-92 MPH fastball and two plus off-speed pitches. In the minors, it was more of the same — 113 IP, 1.91 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 121 Ks. He gets the short end of the stick when people speak of the Double Stuff Orioles (Chris Tillman and Matusz). Truthfully, I would’ve done a rookie post on Tillman first too, if he were still a rookie. And if you’re rooting for Matusz over Tillman, you might secretly be a Mariners fan. Matusz doesn’t project to be the ace that Tillman does, but he can be a solid number two. Definitely will be exciting when he does reach his ceiling. For 2010 fantasy baseball, I’d broach Matusz with caution. Think a very up and down 3.75 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 145 Ks in 150 innings. Ownable, but at times you’ll need some Milk of Magnesia.