24 alleged 'Murdaland Mafia Piru' gang members indicted in Baltimore
The Baltimore Sun

With the fourth overall pick...

...the Orioles selected University of San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz, who was 12-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 15 games as a junior, with 22 walks and 141 strikeouts in 105 innings.

Joe Jordan, the Orioles' director of scouting, said he went to bed last night knowing that Tim Beckham was going No. 1 to Tampa Bay, Pedro Alvarez No. 2 to Pittsburgh and Eric Hosmer No. 3 to Kansas City. He was on the clock the moment his head hit the pillow.

Jordan had to choose between Matusz and South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak. Those were the only two candidates. And he went with the pitcher.

Matusz is expected to be a much easier signing than Matt Wieters. Jordan isn't sure where Matusz will begin his pro career.

Copyright © 2016, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
57°