Matt Andriese

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Matthew Lee Andriese

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Matt Andriese reached the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015.

Andriese was 9-2 with a 0.82 ERA as a high school senior. The Texas Rangers took him in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft but he opted for college. As a freshman, he was 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA, 8th in the Big West Conference in ERA. He fell to 5-5, 4.95 as a sophomore with a .315 opponent average but walked only 18 in 103 2/3 IP. He improved to 4-5, 2.63 his junior year. The San Diego Padres took him in the third round of the 2011 amateur draft; Josh Emmerick was the scout.

Matt had an excellent pro debut with the 2011 Eugene Emeralds, going 5-1 with a 1.51 ERA, 42 strikeouts in 41 2/3 IP and a .197 opponent average. Had he qualified, he would have led the Northwest League in ERA; he did tie for 7th in wins. Baseball America named him the league's 6th-best prospect, between Jace Peterson and Rougned Odor. In 2012, he was 10-8 with a 3.58 ERA for the Lake Elsinore Storm. He led the hitter-friendly California League in ERA (by .04 ahead of Josh Bowman), tied for third in WHIP, tied for 4th in wins and was 7th with 131 strikeouts. Among Padres farmhands, he was 6th in ERA, tied Jorge Reyes for first in wins and was second in strikeouts (6 shy of leader Burch Smith). He joined Christian Bergman, Roenis Elias and Kevin Quackenbush as the league's All-Star pitchers, though Bergman won Pitcher of the Year. Baseball America did not pick him as one of the league's top 20 prospects.

Andriese opened 2013 sharp with the San Antonio Missions (8-2, 2.37), earning a promotion to the Tucson Padres. He found it a tougher go in AAA, going 3-5, 4.45 in 12 games, to end the year with a combined mark of 11-7, 3.27 in 27 games (25 starts), during which he pitched 134 2/3 innings and struck out 105. He was second among Padres farmhands in wins, one shy of Keyvius Sampson. On January 22, 2014, he was included in a big trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, joining fellow pitchers Brad Boxberger and Matt Lollis and IFs Logan Forsythe and Maxx Tissenbaum in heading to Florida in return for Ps Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn. He spent the season with the AAA Durham Bulls, going 11-8, 3.77 in 28 games.

Andriese made his big league debut on April 10, 2015, throwing a scoreless inning of relief against the Miami Marlins. He recorded his first major league save on April 24th when he pitched the final three innings of a 12-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned his first win on June 12th, pitching 5 2/3 innings in a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in his fourth start of the year. Overall, he pitched 25 times, including 8 starts, going 3-5, 4.11 with 2 saves. In the minors, he went 3-3, 2.35 in 13 games for Durham.

He was back with Durham at the start of 2016, making 6 starts in which he went 1-2, 3.41, before getting the call back to Tampa. On May 8th, he defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 3-1, in his first major league start of the season, then on May 14th pitched a two-hit shutout to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 6-0. It was his first career shutout and complete game. He went 8-8, 4.37 in 29 games (19 starts) that season, pitching 127 2/3 innings. In 2017, he made 17 starts in 18 appearances and went 5-5, 4.50 in 86 innings. He moved to the bullpen in 2018, although he did start 4 games when the Rays used him as a "bullpen starter" as they often did that year. He was3-4, 4.07 in 27 games when he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 25th in return for C Michael Perez and P Brian Shaffer.

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