Phillip Louis Maton III…son of Phil and Ellen…has three brothers, Marc, who ran track and field at Southeast Missouri State, Nick, who is in the Phillies minor league system, and Jake, who is committed to play baseball at Coastal Carolina University…attended Louisiana Tech University where he led Conference USA and LA Tech with 90 strikeouts on the season in his senior year…ranked second-all time in LA Tech baseball history in strikeouts (324) while ranking in the top 10 in career wins (21) and appearances as a pitcher (67)…named to the Second Team All-Conference by Conference USA in 2015…named First Team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2013 by CollegeSportsMadness. com and the league's 10 coaches…also during the 2013 season, led the WAC in strikeouts while ranking second in ERA…ranked among the top 50 Division I pitchers in the country that same year…attended Glenwood High School (IL) where he led the Titans to a state title and was named 3A Championship Player of that game...his hobbies include golfing and fishing...his all-time favorite baseball player is Nolan Ryan...his favorite movie is Top Gun.
Split the season between El Paso (AAA) and San Diego, making his MLB debut on 6/11 vs. KC and becoming the first player selected by the Padres in the 2015 Draft to make the big leagues... At the time of his call-up to the big league squad on 6/11, he ranked tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 13 saves in 13 opportunities and pitched to a 2.84 ERA (8 ER, 25.1 IP) with 31 SO against nine BB…did not allow a run over his final nine appearances and 10.1 IP for the Chihuahuas... Tossed a perfect eighth inning against the heart of the Royals' order on 6/11 in the seven-pitch big league debut... Began his ML career with an 8.1-scoreless inning streak in his first 10 relief appearances from 6/11-30 with 11 SO against no walks and limiting opposing hitters to .167 overage... During the scoreless streak, earned his first ML save on 6/17 at MIL and his first ML win on 6/21 at CHC... Allowed six runs (all earned) over his next four outings and 3.2 IP (14.73 ERA) from 7/2-9, but responded by allowing just one earned run over his next 10 outings and 10.2 IP from 7/14-8/4 (0.84 ERA)... Earned his second big league win on 7/21 at SF in SD's 12-9 extra-inning victory, tossing a career-high-tying 2.0 IP and allowing no hits across just 17 pitches.. Allowed seven runs (all earned) over his four outings and 3.1 IP from 8/5-12, but closed the season allowing just eight runs (six earned) over his final 17.0 IP and 18 outings from 8/14 to 10/1... Posted a 1.57 ERA (4 ER, 23.0 IP) at Petco Park as opposed to a 7.20 ERA (16 ER, 20.0 IP) on the road... Righties hit just .211 (20-for-95) off him while lefties hit .300 (21-for-70)... Held the opposition to a .229 (8-for-35) average with runners in scoring position and a .167 (2-for-12) average in extra-innings.