Matt West (baseball)

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Matt West
Orix Buffaloes – No. 29
Born: (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988 (age 29)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 10, 2014, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 3.86
Strikeouts 5

Matthew Robert O'Neil West (born November 21, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.


Texas Rangers[edit]

West was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of Bellaire High School, where he was a three-year All-District player.[1] Originally an infielder, he began his professional career with the Arizona League Rangers and hit .301 in 29 games.[2] Near the end of the season, he was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a "performance-enhancing substance."[3][4] The suspension continued into the following season[1] and when he returned he was assigned to the Spokane Indians of the short-season Northwest League, where he hit .258 in 67 games.[2] He spent the next two seasons with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League, hitting only .229 in 250 games with 18 homers and 103 RBI.[2]

Because of his poor hitting stats and perceived arm strength the Rangers chose to convert him to a pitcher prior to the 2011 season.[5] He pitched in 23 games for Spokane in 2011 and was 1–2 with a 3.12 ERA and nine saves.[2] He was added to the Rangers 40-man roster after the season.[5] In 2012, he appeared in 17 games for the Advanced-Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. He was 0–3 with a 6.64 ERA[2] before he was shut down with arm injuries. It was revealed that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, which cause him to miss the 2013 season.[1] He began 2014 with the AA Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League and was promoted to the AAA Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League. In 41 combined games, he was 5–3 with a 3.35 ERA and also made one start.[2]

West was promoted to the Majors on July 10, 2014, and pitched two scoreless innings in his debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Overall, he appeared in three MLB games, working four innings and allowing three runs.[6]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

West was designated for assignment by the Rangers on January 5, 2015,[7] and claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays nine days later.[8] He was invited to spring training and sent to minor league camp on March 14.[9] West was sent to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on April 6.[10] On May 2, he was designated for assignment by Toronto.[11] He had pitched 12.1 scoreless innings in seven games for the Fisher Cats.[2]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

West was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations on May 4, 2015 and assigned to the AA Tulsa Drillers.[12][13] He was later promoted to the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 27.[14] He was called up to the majors by the Dodgers on May 31[15][16] but was optioned back to the minors the following day without appearing in a game.[17][18] He was designated for assignment on July 11.[19] He appeared in 26 games in the minors for the Dodgers organization in 2015 with a 0.56 ERA for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers and a 7.83 ERA for Triple-A Oklahoma City.[2] He also pitched in three innings over two games for the Dodgers, without allowing an earned run.[20] He was given a non-roster invitation to Dodgers spring training in 2016.[21] In 39 games for Oklahoma City in 2016, he was 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA.[2] The Dodgers released West on September 1, 2016.

Orix Buffaloes[edit]

On December 13, 2016, West signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball.[22][23]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Matt West minor league statistics & history". Baseball Reference. 
  3. ^ Morris, Adam J. (August 30, 2007). "2007 draftee Matt West suspended". SB Nation. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (August 30, 2007). "West suspended for 50 games". Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Texas adds Perez, five more to 40-man roster | News". November 18, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Matt West 2014 pitching gamelogs". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rangers sign free agent infielder Adam Rosales to one-year contract". January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Blue Jays claim right-hander West off waivers from Rangers". Associated Press. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (May 14, 2015). "Blue Jays cut five pitchers from big league camp". Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fisher Cats Announce 2015 Preliminary Roster". April 6, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Singh, David (May 2, 2015). "Blue Jays send Pompey, Albers to triple-A Buffalo". Sportsnet. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Gurnick, Ken (May 4, 2015). "Ryu moved to 60-day DL". Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Blue Jays trade West to Dodgers". May 4, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ Hood, David (May 28, 2015). "Quakes' bats, catchers' tempers heat up on Wednesday evening". SB Nation. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  15. ^ Cobb, David (May 31, 2015). "Dodgers place lefty Rodriguez on 15-day DL". Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Hernandez, Dylan (May 31, 2015). "Dodgers place Paco Rodriguez on the disabled list". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (June 1, 2015). "Dodgers call up LHP David Huff; Zach Lee won't get spot start". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dodgers Select the Contract of David Huff, Option Matt West". June 1, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Dodgers Reinstate Brandon Beachy, Option Josh Ravin". July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Matt West 2015 Pitching Gamelogs". Baseball Reference. 
  21. ^ Simon, Andrew (January 25, 2016). "Top pitching prospects invited to Dodgers camp". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ Todd, Jeff (December 13, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 12/13/16". Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  23. ^ "オリ、ディクソンとモレルが残留 新外国人3投手も獲得". (in Japanese). December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 

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