Matthew Steven Stites... Attended Jefferson (Mo.) College (2008-10) and the University of Missouri (2011)... Is a 2008 graduate of Festus (Mo.) High School…named First-Team All-State as a senior... Selected by Cubs in the 33rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign... Signed by Jeff Stewart (Padres).
Appeared in 37 games in his first Major League season, recording two holds and a 5.73 ERA (21 ER in 33.0 IP)... Limited left-handers to a .189 average (10-for-53)... Allowed just 2 of 18 inherited runners to score (11.1 pct.)... Posted a 1.00 ERA (1 ER in 9.0 IP) in 11 games from July 26-Aug. 22, including a season-high seven consecutive scoreless appearances (6.2 IP) from Aug. 7-22... Made his Major League debut on June 19 vs. Brewers with 0.2 scoreless IP…notched his first strikeout on June 24 vs. Indians (Michael Bourn)... Contract was purchased from Triple-A Reno on June 19…did not allow a run in his first six outings (5.1 IP)...In 29 appearances between Double-A Mobile and Reno, went 0-1 with 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA (nine ER in 28.0 IP).
Went 2-2 with 14 saves and a 2.08 ERA (12 ER in 52.0 IP) in 46 appearances with Double-A San Antonio...Named by Baseball America as the Best Reliever in the Texas League following the season…also tabbed as the lone relief pitcher on Baseball America's midseason Minor League All-Star Team...Ranked fourth in the TL in saves...Did not allow an earned run in 17 straight games from May 20-June 29…posted a 0.35 ERA (1 ER in 25.2 IP) from May 20-July 14...Placed on the disabled list on June 26 with appendicitis
and missed the reminder of the season...Traded by San Diego to Arizona on July 31 with LHP Joe Thatcher and a Competitive Balance Lottery Pick for RHP Ian Kennedy...Made 11 appearances with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, going 0-1 with 3 saves and a 3.48 ERA (4 ER in 10.1 IP)…participated in the AFL Fall Stars Game.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Fort Wayne, going 2-0 with 13 saves, a 0.74 ERA (4 ER in 48.2 IP) and 60 strikeouts in 42 games...Named to Baseball America's Low-A postseason All-Star Team...Established a club record for best ERA among pitchers with at least 45.0 innings pitched...Ranked 10th in the Midwest League in saves...Limited opponents to a .148 average (25-for-169) and issued just 3 walks.
Combined to go 4-0 with 5 saves and a 1.82 ERA (7 ER in 34.2 IP) in 26 relief appearances with Rookie AZL Padres and Short-Season A Eugene...Named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for June 27-July 4.