Matthew Brian Bush… married the former Mary Claire Johnston on 11/18/17…signed by Padres scout Tim McWilliams…batted .450 (55-123) with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 HR, 35 RBI and 12 SB in his senior season at Mission Bay (Calif.) High School, leading the Buccaneers to a 2nd San Diego Section Division III championship in 3 years… split his time between shortstop and the mound, where he compiled a 9-1 record with a 0.42 ERA (5 ER/66.0 IP) and 91 strikeouts as a pitcher...set several state records during his prep career at Mission Bay, including hits (211) and runs scored (196)...also finished with 24 career homers…was first team All-America as a senior and a second team selection following his junior season after batting .458 (54-118) with 8 HR, 34 RBI and 21 SB…named the Best Defensive Infielder and Best Arm among high school eligible players in Baseball America 's annual Best Tools survey of the top 100 prospects entering the draft.
Despite being sidelined by a pair of health issues, still ranked 2nd on the staff in games (57), games finished (22), and saves (10) in his sophomore season…posted a 3.78 ERA that was over one-and-a-quarter runs higher than last year (2.48)… his 10.0 SO/9 was an improvement over his rookie season (8.9), but had higher BB/9 (3.3), HR/9 (1.2) and WHIP (1.452), with the WHIP figure being over 500 points higher than 2016 (0.941)… went 10-for-15 in save chances, with team-high 5 blown saves ranking T10th-most in A.L…served as club's primary closer from late April through end of June…converted 8 of 9 chances from 4/23-6/13, but was 2-for-last-5 in save tries, with last save chance being blown save on 6/30 at CWS…allowed runs in 2 of 1st 3 outings, then had a 0.00 ERA (2 R-0 ER/15.0 IP) over 16 outings from 4/16-5/30 to lower season figure to 0.96…final 38 outings beg. 5/31: 5.35 ERA (20 ER/33.2 IP), .297/.370/.493/.863 opp. slash with 6 HR allowed. INJURIES // Had an injection in his right AC joint on 4/12 and did not pitch 4/10-15…was on the disabled list from 8/21-9/9 with a right knee MCL sprain suffered in a collision with Joey Gallo while catching a popup on 8/20 vs. CWS.
Ranked among the A.L. relief leaders in opp. OPS (4th, .525), wins (T5th, 7), opp. SLG (7th, .281), opp. OBP (8th, .244), WHIP (9th, 0.941), holds (10th, 22), ERA (15th, 2.48) in his 1st major league action…the 7 relief wins tied Tony Barnette (and Keone Kela in 2015) for 4th-most by a rookie in Texas history, trailing only Danny Patterson (10 in 1997), Jeff Zimmerman (9 in 1999), and Mitch Williams (8 in 1986)…his 22 holds were 2nd among Rangers (Diekman-26)… averaged 8.90 SO per 9 innings, 5th-best ever by a qualifying rookie reliever for Texas…his 15 games finished were T3rd-most on the Texas staff… entered all appearances in the 7th-or-later…entered game with Texas ahead or tied in 45 of 58 outings… had contract purchased from Frisco on 5/13 and posted 1.02 ERA (2 ER/17.2 IP) over 1st 19 ML outings through 6/22…gave up career-high 4 R and 2 HR in blown save on 7/27 vs. OAK…beginning 8/24, compiled 1.40 ERA (3 ER/19.1 IP) in last 17 appearances, including 11.1 scoreless innings in last 10 outings starting 9/9… pitched twice in big league spring games for Texas, both in Surprise: 3/23 vs. CHC (2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO, 25 pitches) and 3/27 vs. ARI (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 20 pitches)…went 0-2, 2.65 (5 ER/17.0 IP) with 0.765 WHIP in 12 relief appearances with Frisco (AA), converting all 5 save chances in his first regular season action since 2011
Spent the season with Double-A Montgomery and worked out of the Biscuits bullpen, going 5-3 with 5 saves...Posted a 13.8 SO/9 IP ratio with 77 SO in 50.1 IP...his 77 SO ranked 3rd among Southern League relievers...recorded multiple strikeouts in 23 of his 36 apps...had 3 or more strikeouts in 12 of his 36 apps...Had a 3.04 ERA (23.2-IP, 8-ER) with 35 SO and only 9 BB after the All-Star break (17 apps)...had a 6.41 ERA (26.2-IP, 19-ER) with 15 BB before the All-Star break (19 apps)...Recorded 4 or more outs in 19 of his 36 apps...Finished the season on a streak of 8 straight scoreless apps (11-IP), recording 20 SO in that span.
Spent the season with Class-A Charlotte butwas limited by injuries to 10 appearances -6 with the Stone Crabs and 4 with the GulfCoast League Rays on a rehabilitation stint. ...pitched to a combined 3.37 ERA (13.2-IP,5-ER) with 20 strikeouts and 3 walks. ...Has fanned 42 percent of the batters (36 of 86)he has faced since converting from shortstopto pitcher in 2007...has averaged 15.19 SO/9IP (21.1-IP, 36-SO) in his career. ...Began the season at the Rays extendedspring training camp ... assigned to Charlotteand made his debut on April 29 vs. St. Lucie(Mets) ... it was his first game action in nearlythree years ... fanned the first two hitters thenallowed a home run, the only homer he has allowedas a pro. ... Held opponents to a .173 average (9-for-52) ... his longest outing was 2 innings, twice,matching his career high...earned a GCL winwith 2 scoreless innings over the Twins on Aug10 ... saved Charlotte's 1-0, 12-inning win overDaytona (Cubs) on June 4. ... Spent a month on the DL with right arm soreness, missing the majority of May ... after the season underwent surgery on his right radial nerve (upper arm) by Dr. Koco Eaton in St. Petersburg ... in addition, spent nearly 2 months (June 20-Aug 14) on the DL with a left oblique strain, and appeared in 4 games with the GCL Rays on a rehabilitation assignment before his return to Charlotte.