Matt Hobgood

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Matt Hobgood
Baltimore Orioles – No. 34
Starting pitcher
Born: (1990-08-03) August 3, 1990 (age 24)
Glendale, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Matthew Micah Hobgood (born August 3, 1990) is a minor league baseball starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles organization.

High School Career[edit]

Hobgood was a three-sport athlete (baseball, football and basketball), and a four-year varsity baseball player at Norco High School where he led his team to back-to-back playoff appearances in the CIF Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs against Long Beach Poly in 2008 and Santa Ana Mater Dei in 2009. He played center and power forward in basketball and offensive line in football, and was both a baseball and football teammate of former Stanford University running back and current Minnesota Vikings tailback, Toby Gerhart. Despite missing nearly his entire freshman baseball season after fracturing his ankle in basketball, he set 14 season and career records at Norco, including Victories, Won-Loss Percentage, Games Pitched, Innings Pitched, Shut-outs, Runs Scored, Homeruns, RBIs, and Slugging Average. He also broke the Riverside County single season high school home run record hitting 21 home runs his senior year.

Hobgood was named the 2009 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year after being chosen as the California State Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year following a junior and senior season in which he amassed a 21-1 record on the mound and 40 home runs.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Hobgood was the first round pick by the Baltimore Orioles and the 5th overall selection in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Norco High School in Norco, California. He signed his first professional contract on Saturday, June 27, 2009, and began his career with the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League the following day. In 2009, he had a 1-2 record with a 4.72 ERA in eight games started. He played for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds during the 2010 season.

He missed the 2012 season due to rotator-cuff surgery.[2]


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