Full name PHILLIP LOUIS MATON III…Engaged, Katelynn...Has three brothers, Marc, who ran track and field at Southeast Missouri State, Nick, who is in the Phillies minor league system (7th rd pick, 2017), and Jake, who redshirted in 2019 at Coastal Carolina University due to elbow surgery…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.
Acquired by Cleveland from San Diego on July 12 and spent the last six weeks of the Major League season in the Indians bullpen after his final recall of August 15...Was on San Diego's Opening Day roster and overall spent five stints with the Padres (March 27-April 3; Apr. 14-20; Apr. 30; May 5-31; June 15-July 1)...Around his stints with the Padres he posted a 2.89 ERA in 13 relief outings in AAA El Paso (18.2IP, 17H, 6ER, 6BB, 30SO)...Following the July 12 trade, his option was transferred to AAA Columbus...Was recalled three times by Cleveland (August 2-4; August 7; Aug. 15-remainder) and around his tenure with the Indians posted a 2.53 ERA in nine relief outings with the Clippers (10.2IP, 5H, 3R/ER 4BB, 17SO, .143 avg)...Currently owns a career Minor League ERA of 2.07 (152.0IP, 111H, 35ER, 233SO, .200 avg, 13.8 SO per 9.0IP)...With Cleveland he allowed earned runs in three of his nine outings and recorded four appearances of at least 2.0 IP with the Indians...His 3.0-inning outing of July 2 with San Diego vs. SF equaled a career-longest outing...Held right-handed batters to a .236 (21-89) batting average in 2019 while left-handed batters posted a .293 (17-58) mark.
Maton (pronounced: MAY-tohn, as in "on deck") spent most of the season with SD, making 45 relief appearances out of the SD bullpen... Began the season with El Paso (AAA) but did not make an appearance before being recalled by SD on 4/4...In his first 15 appearances (4/5-5/12) had a 0.56 ERA (1 ER, 16.0 IP) with 17 SO against seven BB...Fanned a career-high five batters and worked a career-high 2.2 innings on 4/11 at COL...Placed on the 10-day DL on 5/13 with a right lat strain...made six rehab appearances between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), missing 35 games before being reinstated on 6/21...Made two appearances for SD before being optioned to ELP on 6/24.. recorded six relief appearances for ELP, owning a 2.84 ERA before recalled by SD on 7/9, remaining with the big-league club for the rest of the season..Prior to the All-Star break, owned a 2.49 ERA (6 ER, 21.2 IP) in 20 appearances with no HR...following the All-Star break, had a 5.96 ERA (17 ER, 25.2 IP) in 25 games, allowing three HR...Had a 3.71 ERA (11 ER, 26.2 IP) at home, and in 46 career games at Petco Park, owns a 2.77 ERA (15 ER, 48.2 IP) with 54 SO against 19 BB...Nicknamed "Spin Rate" on the back of his jersey for Players' Weekend, led SD with an average spin rate of 2,634 revolutions per minute (min. 200 pitches thrown)...Relied on two primary pitches: four-seamer (61.6%) and slider (38.4%).
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.