Matthew J. White...pitched three seasons at Clemson from 1996-98...tied for the team lead with 2
complete games in 1997...signed by Indians scout Kasey McKeon, who now works in the Rockies front office.
Pitched for six different teams across three organizations...was selected by Boston from
Cleveland in the 2002 Rule 5 draft (Dec. 16, 2002) and began his season on
the Red Sox's 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique
muscle...was placed on the DL March 28 (retro to March 19) and sent on a
rehab assignment with Class A Sarasota on May 7...made two starts there
before being moved to Double A Portland on May 12...started one game with
one relief appearance in the Eastern League and was then bumped up to
Pawtucket (AAA) on May 20...completed his rehab assignment with two relief
outings at Pawtucket and was activated off the DL on May 26...made his major
league debut May 27 at Yankee Stadium and allowed 6 runs (all earned) on 4
hits in just .2 IP of relief...suffered the loss on June 1 at Toronto,
yielding 3 runs in .2 IP...made three appearances overall with the BoSox and
gave up 11 runs in 3.2 innings (27.00 ERA) with the opposition hitting .526
(10-for-19)...was designated for assignment June 3, cleared waivers and was
then traded to Seattle in exchange for OF Sheldon Fulse on June 6...appeared
in three games with the Mariners, June 14-25, posting a 13.50 ERA (2.0 ip, 3
er)...on June 30, Matt was returned to the Indians organization as part of
the Rule 5 agreement...spent the last two months with Cleveland's Triple A
affiliate, Buffalo, where he went 2-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 19 games, one
start...all told, he was 2-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 31 combined games with the
The left-hander has been selected in each of
the past two Rule 5 drafts...begins his seventh pro season and owns an even
37-37 career minor league record in 145 appearances.
Split the season between Akron (AA) and Buffalo (AAA), appearing in 34 games with 12 starts...began the year with Akron and made six starts (0-1, 6.21 ERA) before his first relief appearance on May 18...beginning with a win on June 1, Matt went 6-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 1 save over his final 18 Double A appearances (three starts)...as a reliever, White was 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 1 save for the Aeros...promoted to Buffalo and made his Triple A debut on June 15 at Durham in a no decision (5.0 ip, 10 h, 3 er)...was sent to Akron after that start but came back to Buffalo for a relief appearance on Aug. 3...returned to Akron to pitch in four more games, Aug. 6-18, before heading to Buffalo to finish his season.
Completed his first season at the Double A level and was named to the
Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star team...his 25 starts led the team and ranked third in the organization...led all Indian farmhands with 60
walks...went 2-2 despite a 2.67 ERA in five May starts.
Recorded a career high 11 wins and 115 strikeouts for Kinston (A)...his 115 K's led the team and trailed only C.C. Sabathia (159) Kyle Denney (131) among Cleveland minor leaguers...ranked fourth in the South Atlantic League with 2 complete games.
Spent his first full season as a pro with Single A Columbus...notched his first career complete game on June 2 vs. Piedmont, allowing 2 runs over 7.0 innings in the first half of a doubleheader.
Made his pro debut with Burlington (Rookie) before moving on to
Watertown (Short A)...went 7-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 14 combined starts at the two stops...went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA in rookie ball.