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Matt Szczur | Outfielder | #23

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/20/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Villanova
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 5 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Szczur hit his first homer of the season in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
Szczur also reached via walk and scored another run. The homer was a solo shot off of Derek Holland in the sixth inning. In limited playing time, Szczur now has a .250/.294/.375 line on the 2018 campaign. May 2 - 7:03 PM

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Padres and OF Matt Szczur avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $950,000 contract.

Szczur was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 12 - 2:56 PM

Matt Szczur went 0-for-3 on Monday and is in a 6-for-33 slump dating back to last month.

The Padres are going to bring back Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski and maybe Franchy Cordero in September, so Szczur's already limited role before to get cut back further.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 12:53:00 AM

Padres activated OF Matt Szczur from the family leave list.

Szczur missed several games while dealing with a private matter. The 28-year-old outfielder has slashed .209/.351/.353 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 88 games this season between the Cubs and Padres.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Padres placed OF Matt Szczur on the family leave list.

He'll be away from the team for a few days while dealing with a family matter. Reliever Buddy Baumann was called up from Triple-A in the corresponding roster move.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Matt Szczur came off the bench to go 4-for-5 with a triple and a double Friday as the Padres beat the Giants 12-9.

His fourth hit was an RBI single that gave the Padres the lead in the 11th. It made him the first player to get four hits off the bench since Paul Janish did so for the Reds on July 4, 2010. No Padre had ever accomplished the feat. Szczur entered the game in the fourth as part of a double-switch and doubled to lead off the following half-inning. He had two chances to become the first player ever to pick up a cycle off the bench, but he couldn't come up with the homer.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 03:16:00 AM

Matt Szczur finished 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's game against the Giants.

Szczur welcomed Madison Bumgarner back from the 10-day disabled list with a solo shot in the third inning. After managing just two hits over 27 at-bats across 24 games from June 10-July 8, Szczur has posted back-to-back multi-hit games.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 02:38:00 AM

Matt Szczur is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.

Looks like it is just a regular day off for Szczur. Allen Cordoba will play left field and is hitting eighth in his place.
Wed, May 17, 2017 08:39:00 PM

Matt Szczur doubled and walked in three plate appearances as the Padres' No. 8 hitter Tuesday.

Szczur is 6-for-22 with a homer in seven games for his new team. He's not likely to ever be more than an NL option, but he could move up in the Padres' order if he's merely solid. The Padres might as well leave Manuel Margot in the leadoff spot for the long haul and see what materializes, but Szczur would probably be the better option if the Padres were trying to win right now.
Wed, May 17, 2017 01:11:00 AM

Matt Szczur slugged a solo homer Friday against the White Sox.

Szczur made the start in center field and batted leadoff with Manuel Margot getting the day off. The 27-year-old is 5-for-13 (.385) with his new club and finds himself in a much better place for playing time in San Diego. He’s worth owning in NL-only formats.
Sat, May 13, 2017 12:52:00 AM

Matt Szczur went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

He delivered an RBI double in the second inning. This was his second game with the Padres since he was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on Monday. He has a .292 batting average in 24 at-bats on the year and could see increased playing time with his new club.
Thu, May 11, 2017 12:42:00 AM

Padres acquired OF Matt Szczur from the Cubs in exchange for RHP Justin Hancock.

Szczur had been designated for assignment. The 27-year-old could play pretty regularly against lefties in left field for the Padres, but he's a career .243/.295/.370 hitter and has never run much in the majors following big stolen base totals in the minors. It's doubtful he'll produce much fantasy value unless the Padres let him loose on the bases. Szczur is worth a speculative NL-only play.
Mon, May 8, 2017 08:54:00 PM

Cubs designated OF Matt Szczur for assignment.

The Cubs needed to call up a fresh arm and Szczur was out of options. The 27-year-old has played sparingly this year, collecting only four hits in 19 at-bats for the first-place Cubs. He could attract interest on waivers.
Sat, May 6, 2017 07:19:00 PM

Matt Szczur has made the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Wednesday that Tommy La Stella will also break camp with the team. Szczur was out of options this spring and would have almost certainly have been scooped up on waivers, so it makes sense that he's sticking around.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 01:04:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Matt Szczur is among the trade candidates the Braves are considering as they look for an extra outfielder.

Szczur is out of options this spring, so Rosenthal notes that the Cubs are expected to keep him rather than lose him on waivers, but the Braves might be able to make an attractive offer. The 27-year-old hits from the right side of the plate and has experience at all three outfield positions.
Tue, Mar 21, 2017 02:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2A.J. Ellis
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Jose Pirela
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Christian Villanueva
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Franchy Cordero
2Hunter Renfroe
3Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Matt Szczur
RF1Wil Myers
2Travis Jankowski
3Franmil Reyes
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Richard
2Tyson Ross
3Joey Lucchesi
4Eric Lauer
5Jordan Lyles
6Colin Rea
7Dinelson Lamet
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Craig Stammen
4Matt Strahm
5Robbie Erlin
6Adam Cimber
7Bryan Mitchell
8Jose Torres
9Phil Maton
10Phil Hughes
11Jose Castillo