Matusz answers hype

News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 8, 2009, 2:50 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Good Timing . . .

Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Tuesday's stats: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
On the same day he was featured in a piece about the future of the Orioles' rotation Insider, Matusz delivered his best start of the year, allowing just a fourth-inning single that was quickly erased by a double-play ball. Since moving up to the Eastern League in mid-June, Matusz has been the hottest arm in the minors, allowing just one run in 26 1/3 innings while striking out 32 and limiting the league to a .122 batting average. He's ready for the majors, but you probably won't see him until September.

This is getting ridiculous

Derek Norris, C, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2 HR (20), 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB, K
We had the Josh Vitters run of 11 home runs in 15 games, and we had Jesus Montero's recent explosion, but we have never had a short-term run like this: Norris finished up his four-game streak against Hickory by going 8-for-14 with a double, six home runs and 11 RBIs. His numbers were great before the streak began, but now they're bordering on ridiculous at .320/.416/.605. (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percetage).

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