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Matthew Shane Ginter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 220 lb.
- School Mississippi State University
- Debut September 1, 2000
- Final Game August 3, 2008
- Born December 24, 1977 in Lexington, KY USA
Matt Ginter was one of four pitchers selected in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. Ginter has appeared in a total of 92 major league games the White Sox, New York Mets, and Detroit Tigers. He is currently pitching in triple-A, Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals' triple-A affiliate. Ginter represented Team USA in the 1998 Baseball World Cup, posting a 5.40 ERA and one save in 3 games.
Ginter progressed rapidly through the White Sox system, making his major league debut in 2000, his second season of professional baseball. He won 11 games with a 2.25 ERA for double-A, Birmingham in 2000, but his ERA was 13.50 in seven games with the White Sox that season.
Baseball America rated Ginter the second best prospect in the White Sox system prior to the 2001 campaign. He turned in another solid minor league performance, owning a 2.59 ERA in 76.1 innings with the triple-A clube in Charlotte, but Ginter's numbers were once again inflated in the majors.
The White Sox rewarded Ginter with a spot in their bullpen in 2002, and he had a 4.47 ERA in 33 games. He also earned his first major league save. The club sent him back to triple-A in 2003, where he saved 14 games with a 3.03 ERA.
In the spring of 2004, the White Sox traded Ginter to the Mets for Timo Perez. Ginter made 14 starts with the Mets, winning one and losing three with a 4.54 ERA. He was traded to the Tigers in the spring of 2005, for Steve Colyer. He posted a 6.17 ERA in 14 games with Detroit.