Zach Britton vs. Brian Matusz

May 29, 2009 at 11:47 pm (Sports)

This is just a quick little prospect comparison I came up with, I hope you enjoy it!
Brian Matusz
Brian Matusz vs. Zachary Britton
Both are pitching at Class A+ Fredrick. Both of these player are in their early 20’s; both are also tall lefties with a good mix stuff. Matusz was drafted 4th overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2008 MLB draft; he was heralded college pitcher for San Diego State before being drafted in his Junior year. The O’s drafted Britton in the third round of the 2006 MLB Draft; at the time, Britton was a relatively unheralded high school pitcher with good velocity. Through 2008, Britton has shown improvement at each professional level he has pitched at.

Here are their stat lines for this season:

  • Matusz: 2.68 ERA, 53.2 IP, 65/19 SO to BB ratio, 1.54 GO/AO, 5 HR, .230 BAA
  • Britton: 2.54 ERA, 47.2 IP, 47/26 SO to BB ratio, 2.29 GO/AO, 3 HR, .222 BAA

Britton stats are big skewed because of his work hourse nature. Here is an example of that:

May 16 @KIN 1 0 0.00 0 6.0 4 0 2 6
May 17 @KIN 1 0 5.40 0 5.0 5 3 3 4

He had his worst outing of the season due to the fact he pitched a 5 inning relief spot after pitching 6 innings one day earlier.

With all of that said, I think that they are VERY similar. Britton does have more experience at the professional level, but he is also 6+ months younger than Matusz. Brian does tend to get more strikeouts (up to this point), but Britton tends to get more GO and less H.

Previous to this season, Matusz was ranked as the 25th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Britton was not listed on that list, and is still regularly ignored by most scouts. How much more will it take for Britton to be considered an elite prospect? That remains to be seen. Right now I consider Britton a top 70 prospect, probably somewhere in the early 60‘s or late 50‘s. If he continues on his torrid base, you could see Britton climb into the 40‘s or 30‘s. Time will tell!


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