Matt Thornton #46 - P


  • Age: 38
  • DOB: 1976/09/15
  • POB: Three Rivers, MI
  • Height: 6-6 Weight: 235lbs
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • MLB Seasons: 10
  • Drafted by Seattle in 1998 (1st round).
  • Current Status: On roster
Year to date6201300034.2319707281.101.82
On Pace6801300038.0341080831-1.82

Scouting Report

AssetsA towering lefty, he boasts an explosive fastball and good slider. Is effective against both righty and lefty bats, but is especially tough on left-handed hitters. Strikes out batters at an impressive rate.
FlawsAt times, he lacks command of his fastball. That can lead him down the wrong pitching path. He can also struggle to keep the ball down in the zone, so when his heater flattens out it can be hit a long way.
Career potentialVeteran lefty reliever.

Honours and Awards

2010Named to the All-Star Game
2001California League (A) - Most Valuable Pitcher
2001Class A+ - All-Star Team (Baseball America)
2001California League (A) - All-Star Team

Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions

2014/08/05Claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees.
2013/12/17Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees to a two-year contract.
2013/11/02Boston Red Sox declined their contract option for next season.
2013/10/04Did not make the Boston Red Sox playoff roster.
2013/08/25Missed 18 games (right oblique muscle strain).
2013/08/07Right oblique muscle strain, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 5th, 2013).
2013/08/05Oblique, day-to-day.
2013/07/13Acquired from the Chicago White Sox.
2011/03/06Signed by the Chicago White Sox to a two-year contract extension.
2010/10/26Chicago White Sox exercised their contract option for next season.
2010/09/03Missed 14 games (forearm injury).
2010/08/25Forearm injury, early September.
2010/08/22Forearm injury, day-to-day.
2009/10/06Chicago White Sox exercised their contract option for next season.
2007/04/01Signed by the Chicago White Sox to a three-year contract extension.
2007/02/27Re-signed by the Chicago White Sox to a one-year contract.
2006/03/20Acquired from the Seattle Mariners.
2004/08/02Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).
2004/07/12Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).
2004/06/25Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).
2004/04/29Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).
2004/04/26Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).
2004/03/16Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).
2004/02/20Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.
2003/08/15Recalled from Tacoma (AAA).
2003/08/15Herniated disc, 60-day DL.
2003/03/09Optioned to Tacoma (AAA).
2003/02/05Re-signed by the Seattle Mariners to a one-year contract.
2002/03/20Optioned to San Antonio (AA).


2014/08/05Claimed by the Washington Nationals off waivers from the New York Yankees.
2013/12/17Signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees.
2013/07/13Chicago White Sox traded Matt Thornton and cash to the Boston Red Sox for Brandon Jacobs.
2006/03/20Seattle Mariners traded Matt Thornton to the Chicago White Sox for Joe Borchard.
1998/06/02Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1st round (22nd overall) in 1998.

Career Stats

2014NY YankeesAL4600300024.2239706201.182.55
2014Total NYA/WshMLB6201300034.2319707281.101.82
2013Chicago WSAL4000300028.0251412410211.253.86
2013Total ChA/BosAL6000400043.1472018415301.433.74
2012Chicago WSAL74041030065.0632725417531.233.46
2011Chicago WSAL6202530059.2603422321631.363.32
2010Chicago WSAL6105480060.2411818320811.012.67
2009Chicago WSAL7006340072.1582222520871.082.74
2008Chicago WSAL7405310067.1482020519771.002.67
2007Chicago WSAL6804420056.1593130426551.514.79
2006Chicago WSAL6305320054.0462020521491.243.33
2003San AntonioAA443000025.183109180.670.36
2002San AntonioAA12121500062.0523125329441.313.63
2001San BernardinoA2727147000157.012656449601921.182.52


GP - games played
GS - games started
W - wins
L - losses
SV - saves
CG - complete games
SHO - shutouts
IP - innings pitched
H - hits
R - runs
ER - earned runs
HR - homeruns
BB - walks or base on balls
K - strikouts
WHIP - walks and hits per inning pitched
ERA - earned runs avverage

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