Antonelli during 2010 Spring Training
April 8, 1985 |
|September 1, 2008 for the San Diego Padres|
Last MLB appearance
|September 28, 2008 for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||3|
Matthew Antonio Antonelli (born April 8, 1985) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He bats and throws right-handed, which is slightly uncommon as many of the best baseball players are left-handed.
Antonelli attended Wake Forest University, where he played college baseball for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In college, Antonelli displayed good plate discipline, walking 57 times as a sophomore, ranking seventh among collegiate hitters. He only struck out 38 times in 232 at-bats, giving him one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the nation.
Antonelli was originally drafted as a third baseman by the San Diego Padres with the 17th pick of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He had previously been drafted in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers but did not sign.
San Diego Padres
In July 2007, Antonelli was named the best second base prospect in the minors by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. In November 2007, Antonelli was ranked as the #1 second base prospect and #27 overall in baseball, on a list polling 20 members of the scouting community and compiled by Jonathan Mayo of minorleaguebaseball.com 
Before the 2007 season, Antonelli was not considered to have much power potential after having zero home runs in over 200 professional at bats in 2006. However, he hit 14 home runs in 82 games for High A Lake Elsinore, before moving up to Double A San Antonio Missions to finish the 2007 season. In 534 at-bats between the two levels, Antonelli finished 2007 with a BA/OBP/SLG line of .304/.404/.491 with 21 homers and 25 stolen bases along with a 94/83 K/BB ratio. He won the Texas League Championship with the Missions in 2007.
In 2008, Antonelli played for the Padres' AAA farm club, the Portland Beavers. He struggled at the plate most of the year, hitting just .215, but kept his good eye and ended up with 76 walks. In August he found some success, hitting .290 for the month, with 4 home runs and a .393 OBP.
Matt was called up to the Padres on September 1, 2008, where he promptly laced a single off Greg Maddux of the Dodgers for his first hit in the major leagues. He then went hitless in his next 20 at bats, but then got 7 hits in his next 13 at-bats with 3 walks, including his first home run, on September 15, off of Colorado Rockies pitcher, Jason Hirsh.
On November 21, 2011, Antonelli signed with the Baltimore Orioles. He was added to the team's 40-man roster.
On May 13, 2012, the Baltimore Orioles designated Antonelli for assignment.
New York Yankees
He signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians for the remainder of the 2012 season.
Antonelli retired in July 2013.
- Laurila, David.  "Prospect Q&A: Matt Antonelli". Baseball America, June 5, 2007.
- Wake Forest University
- San Diego Padres
- Goldstein, Kevin.  "Future Shock Positional Rankings - Second Base". Baseball Prospectus, July 26, 2007.
- Mayo, Jonathan.  "MiLB.com Top 50 Prospects". MiLB.com, November 30, 2007.
- "Orioles Designate Matt Antonelli For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- "Yankees acquire infielder Matt Antonelli off waivers from Baltimore Orioles". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2012.[dead link]
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Minorleaguebaseball.com profile
- Firstinning.com profile