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Matusz keeps on rolling

News and notes from Monday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 28, 2009, 11:21 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Here it goes, here it goes, here it goes again

Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Monday's stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K
Same old story here, as Matusz moved to 7-0 Monday in seven Double-A starts -- six of them great, and one in which he got hit hard but got good run support. Nothing really has changed here. He still has a solid fastball, two good breaking balls, a very good changeup, and exquisite command and control. Righties don't hit him hard, lefties can't touch him (3-for-37 with one walk and 14 strikeouts), and he's pretty much big league ready.

No wonder teams want this guy in trade

Dominic Brown, OF, Phillies (High-A Clearwater)
Monday's stats: 2-for-4, HR (10), 2 R, RBI; 2-for-2, HR (11), 2 R, RBI, BB
Brown has been attached to every major Phillies trade rumor this summer, and since he's a 6-foot-5 lefty with a massive ceiling, it's understandable. He has plus speed and plenty of projectable power, but the latter hadn't been on display much since he returned from a broken finger. That is, until Monday night, when he hit home runs in both ends of a double-header and raised his season averages to .305/.386/.531 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage).

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