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Matt Bush | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / SD
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Matt Bush worked two scoreless innings of relief Sunday in the Rangers' Cactus League win over the Mariners.
Bush retired all six batters he faced, two via strikeout. The former No. 1 overall pick is coming off a stellar 2016 season that saw him register a 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 61/14 K/BB ratio over his first 61 2/3 major league innings. He's locked into a setup job for 2017. Mar 19 - 6:51 PM

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Matt Bush will enter spring training in a relief role.

There has been some talk of Texas trying the former No. 1 overall pick as a starter after he registered a brilliant 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 61/14 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings last year out of the bullpen, but it's probably not going to happen without a number of spring-training injuries to the Rangers' rotation options. "I’m never going to take it totally off the table, if circumstances dictate," Daniels said. "We plan on taking him to camp as a reliever."
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that moving Matt Bush into the rotation is "something we've talked about."

"There are several folks who appraised it as a consideration," Daniels said. "There are strong reasons to think he can do it, but I’m not sure we want to do it." Daniels noted that he still considers Bush as a reliever when he thinks about the construction of the 2017 roster, and Bush's offseason workouts are being geared toward relief work. However, it sounds like Bush stretching out as a starter in spring training might be a possibility if the Rangers aren't able to add rotation depth this winter.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Matt Bush earned the first save of his career by pitching a clean ninth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday.

He notched one strikeout tonight and now has 34 in 38 2/3 innings for the season. The first overall pick of the 2004 draft has a 2.56 ERA in his rookie campaign. It was a bit odd to see him out there in the ninth inning tonight instead of Sam Dyson or Jeremy Jeffress -- the Rangers' two experienced closers. They both pitched on Tuesday but not on Monday, so they were likely available today. Bush is unlikely to get more save chances moving forward.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 01:08:00 AM

Matt Bush made his major league debut Friday against the Blue Jays and struck out one batter in a scoreless ninth inning.

It was an impressive showing against some big boppers in Toronto’s lineup. Reaching the upper-90s with his fastball, Bush struck out Josh Donaldson looking before retiring Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The 2004 No. 1 overall pick is less than one year removed from serving 3 1/2 years in prison for a DUI hit-and-run, but he’s hoping to make the most out of another opportunity in the game.
Sat, May 14, 2016 01:33:00 AM

Rangers purchased the contract of OF Matt Bush from Double-A Frisco.

The former No. 1 overall pick spent three years in prison following a DUI hit-and-run but is now poised to make his major league debut as a 30-year-old. Bush put up a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Frisco this season.
Fri, May 13, 2016 03:30:00 PM

MLB.com's TR Sullivan hears that the Rangers will call up Matt Bush on Friday.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi has confirmed the report. A former No. 1 overall pick and shortstop who was in prison for three years following a DUI hit-and-run, Bush has resurrected his career as a pitcher. Now 30, he holds a 2.65 ERA and 18/4 K/BB ratio over 17 relief innings for Double-A Frisco this season.
Fri, May 13, 2016 01:17:00 PM

Matt Bush threw two perfect innings in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Cubs.

Bush delivered nine of his 10 pitches for strikes in the sixth inning and whiffed Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler to end the 1-2-3 frame. He then worked around a two-out walk for a scoreless seventh. The former No. 1 overall pick is trying to break back into baseball after spending over three years in prison for a 2012 DUI hit-and-run. He'll probably open the 2016 season with the Rangers' Double-A affiliate.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Matt Bush is expected to pitch in the Rangers' Cactus League game against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Bush signed a minor league contract with the Rangers in December after completing a three-year prison sentence for a DUI hit-and-run. The former No. 1 overall pick is not in the mix for a spot on the major league roster, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that he has exceeded expectations on and off the field. He'll likely begin the season in Double-A.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 11:16:00 AM

Rangers signed RHP Matt Bush to a minor league contract.

The former No. 1 overall pick recently completed a three-year prison sentence for a DUI hit-and-run. Slated to turn 30 in February, Bush last pitched in 2011 at Double-A with the Rays, posting a 4.83 ERA and 77/24 K/BB ratio over 50 1/3 innings.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Matt Bush will accept a plea deal from the state of Florida next week in order to end his DUI hit-and-run case.

Bush's father, Daniel, said the plea will involve a prison sentence of at least three years, not including the time already served in a Charlotte County Jail. Bush, who will turn 27 in February, was the No. 1 pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Obviously, his future in baseball is very much up in the air.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Rays released RHP Matt Bush.

Bush is still in a Charlotte County Jail after being arrested in March on charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage for hitting a motorcyclist and fleeing the scene. Now 26 years old, Bush was the No. 1 pick of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 04:37:00 PM

A judge in Charlotte County, Florida has reduced Matt Bush's bail from $1.015 million to $440,000.

The number is still probably out of Bush's price range, considering the reports that he had only $2,000 left in his bank account when he struck a 72-year-old motorcyclist in March while drunk. The former No. 1 overall pick is facing charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage. He's likely done with professional baseball for good.
Thu, May 3, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Matt Bush's bond reduction ruling has been postponed until Monday due to a health issue with the prosecutor.

The former first overall draft pick is currently in the Charlotte County jail in Florida with a bail of $1.015 million. His lawyer is trying to have that reduced. Bush faces charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage for striking a 72-year-old motorcyclist last month while drunk and leaving the scene. The Rays have placed him on the restricted list and will likely release him once it becomes convenient for them to do so.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 11:09:00 AM

Matt Bush broke down in tears Monday morning during a short testimony at his bond reduction hearing.

"I have no desire, will or want, to drink again," Bush told the court. The former No. 1 overall pick remains in jail in Charlotte County, Florida on charges of DUI, hit-and-run and property damage after striking a 72-year-old motorcyclist with an SUV during a drunken rampage last month. Bush was placed on the restricted list by the Rays and is doubtful to ever return to professional baseball. His bond reduction hearing will be continued Thursday.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 12:35:00 PM

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6Keone Kela
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9Nick Martinez
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