Top 2008 draft choice Brian Matusz was among the rostered players who were sent out to minor league camp today in Sarasota. He was joined by Troy Patton, David Hernandez, Jim Hoey and Chorye Spoone.
The Orioles sent out 12 players in all and none of them should have been surprised to be reassigned to the minor league complex. That's where they were all going when they got here.
"There are some guys who figure very prominently in our future and I would dare say their time in the minor leagus will be well spent, but they are not minor league players,'' Trembley said. "They are major league players and they are going to help the Orioles for a long time and everybody knows who they are."
Trembley on Chris Tillman: "I told Tillman to go down and work on his changeup and some things we've seen as far as fielding. We set this thing up so they would pitch in the intrasquad games and they threw bullpens today so they'd be right on for when the minor leagues games start on Tuesday and Wednesday, so we've sort of prepped them to know what was coming."
Trembley on Jake Arrieta: "I told Arrieta, 'Don't be in a hurry.' I want him to pitch...I want him to pitch every fifth day and we gave him some tips of things we think he needs to do to kind of polish up his game. But both of those guys (Tillman and Arrieta), they can't mis. They are going to win a lot of games for the Baltimore Orioles for a long time."
Trembley on Brian Matusz: This guy had the time of his life. He was thankful. He thanked me for letting him pitch in big league games against big league hitters...The guy is humble. We told him the first few times out there, put your curveball in your pocket and just go fastball and changeup. He's getting a chance to see the other side now. He had a real good taste of this and now he's going in the trenches. He's going and he'll be fine."
Trembley on the three of them: "I would say I've been watching pitchers for a long time, and I'd say those three pitchers are as good as I've seen coming up at the same time through somebody's system."