Matt Bush, Relief Pitcher, Texas Rangers, #51
Date of Birth: 2/8/1986
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Matt Bush, relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers, was first drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2004. He played in the Padres' minor league system from 2004 through 2007. He started as a shortstop but became a pitcher in 2007. In August, 2007, he had Tommy John surgery and he missed the entire 2008 season.
The Padres traded Bush to the Toronto Blue Jays in February, 2009. He was released on April 1, after he was accused of assault. He didn't play at all in 2009.
Bush signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on January 25, 2010. He pitched in their minor league system in 2010 and 2011.
Bush was released by the Rays on October 5, 2012, after being arrested for running over a 72 year old man with his motorcycle. He was convicted in December, 2012, and he went to prison for 51 months. He was released on October 30, 2015.
The Rangers signed Bush to a minor league contract on December 18, 2015. He pitched in 58 games with them in 2016. He finished the season with 7 wins and 2 losses, 1 save, 61 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a 2.48 ERA in 61.2 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 3.2 innings in 2 games and he gave up 1 hit and 1 run. He struck out 6 batters and walked 2.
Bush is on a zero-tolerance policy with the Rangers. He can't drink or drive. He lives with his father who goes with him to all games.