Orioles acquire RHP Brandon Barker and LHP Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for LHP Brian Matusz

The Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired minor leaguers RHP BRANDON BARKER and LHP TREVOR BELICEK from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for LHP BRIAN MATUSZ and a Competitive Balance Round B pick (76thoverall) in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Barker, 23, went 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA (10 ER/45.0 IP) and 40 strikeouts in nine games (eight starts) with Double-A Mississippi this season. In 50 career minor league games (40 starts), Barker has gone 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA (78 ER/228.0 IP). He was named the Carolina Mudcats Pitcher of the Year by the Braves in 2015 after going 8-5 with a 3.00 ERA (32 ER/96.0 IP) in 17 starts with Class A-Advanced Carolina. Barker was originally selected by the Braves in the 16thround of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Belicek, 23, has gone 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA (7 ER/28.1 IP), while walking one and striking out 32 in 12 games between Class-A Rome and Double-A Mississippi this season. He led all Atlanta minor league starting pitchers with a 2.53 ERA (16 ER/57.0 IP) in 2015 between Class-A Danville and Class-A Rome. In 26 career minor league games (nine starts), Belicek has gone 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA (23 ER/85.1 IP), 13 walks, and 73 strikeouts. He was originally selected by the Braves in the 16th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

Matusz, 29, pitched to a 12.00 ERA (8 ER/6.0 IP) in seven games with the Orioles this season. Over 279 career Major League games (68 starts), Matusz went 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA (283 ER/525.2 IP) and 460 strikeouts. He was originally selected by the Orioles in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.