Matt Bush shares how the Texas Rangers told him he was going to the bigs

May 13, 2016

Matt Bush was selected No. 1 overall in the 2004 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, a local high school shortstop seen as a future franchise cornerstone. He spent four years in the minor leagues struggling to hit before being converted to the mound, bouncing from San Diego to Toronto to Tampa Bay but never making the major leagues. He turned to alcohol along the way.

In 2012, Bush's third DUI resulted in a hit-and-run that nearly killed a motorcyclist and sent him to a Florida prison for more than three years. Bush was signed as a relief pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization in December 2015.

On Friday, the Rangers called him up to the major leagues.

Speaking to reporters before the Rangers' game on Friday, Bush shared how he learned he was going to the bigs a dozen years after he was drafted. Bush was with Double-A Frisco in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the middle of a four-game series when it happened.


Bush, 30, had a 2.65 ERA with 18 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings with Frisco.