Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rays add draft bust Matt Bush to 40-man roster

In a move that went largely unnoticed in the baseball world, the Rays added Matt Bush, the #1 pick in the 2004 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. 

The Padres ownership group famously pinched pennies in that draft, picking the more "signable" player in Bush, rather than players like Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander, Stephen Drew, and Jeff Niemann.  Bush signed for $3 million and headed to rookie ball, where an embarrassing string of events lead to his demise.

In June 2004, Bush was suspended, when he snuck into a bar, and allegedly bit a bouncer, and was cited for trespassing, and disorderly conduct.

After the Padres released him, Bush was again arrested in 2009, for DUI and disorderly conduct.  A few months prior to that, he was arrested at an El Cajon, California(my hometown) High School, for a drunken assault on two teenagers.

The guy is a total loser off the field, and is just as terrible on it.  In 2005, Bush played shortstop for the Padres low single-A affiliate in Fort Wayne.  He put up a slash line of .221/.279/.276, with 2 HR's and 32 RBI's.  He also made 38 errors in the field.

When the Padres brass realized that the dude was a complete stiff at the plate, they tried to utilize his talented arm on the mound.  Bush threw some innings in an instructional league, and subsequently blew out his arm, and he required Tommy John surgery.  The Padres had enough off his issues, and he was released.

Toronto signed him as a minor-league free agent, who released him after the aforementioned drunken episode.  The Rays were captivated by his potential, and signed him to pitch.

Last year, Bush pitched 8.1 innings for the Rays A ball affiliate, and posted a 4.32 ERA and 12 K's.  By adding him to the 40 man roster, he is protected from the rule 5 draft, and could potentially appear in the majors this season.  Some scumbags have all the luck.

2 comments:

  1. He was young and stupid hopefully he is changed man now

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