Matt Bush, the former No. 1 pick who was released from prison for drunk driving-related offenses in October, will pitch in the Rangers’ major league game Wednesday against the Cubs.
Bush, who turned 30 in February, has exceeded expectations on and off the field during minor league this spring, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
He’s been very very good from a performance standpoint. He’s checked every box from a routine standpoint as well.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels
“He’s been really good on and off the field,” Daniels said. “He’s exceeded or met expectations in both areas. We thought it was a good time to bring him over and take a look at him on this stage.”
Bush, who was the No. 1 pick by the Padres in 2004, has battled alcohol-related legal issues which culminated in a sentence of 51 months in a Florida prison derailing his baseball career.
Daniels said this is both an opportunity and reward of sorts for Bush abiding by the strict guidelines laid out when he signed a minor league deal with the club in December. His father
“He’s been very very good from a performance standpoint. He’s checked every box from a routine standpoint as well,” Daniels said.
Bush is a power pitcher who throws a fastball, slider and changeup.
“He commands all three. He’s been very impressive both in the games and on the side,” he said.