File this one under “things we didn’t see coming.” Fanhouse  spoke with members of the Rays organization that think former #1 pick Matt Bush could be promoted to the Rays later this summer

After bouncing around for several years, Matt Bush may have found a home within Tampa Bay’s farm system…Rays personnel say they wouldn’t be surprised if Bush, one of the most disappointing top picks in draft history, rises to the major leagues later this season. Now in Single-A, Bush has thrown only three innings but clocked well into the 90s. Time will tell if Bush’s comeback from alcohol abuse will hold up, but the Rays are encouraged by the 24-year-old’s overall progress. Baseball’s answer to Ryan Leaf, Bush was drafted first overall by the Padres in 2004 and quickly found trouble off and on the field.

If Bush does indeed have a big league arm, there is no reason why couldn’t help the Rays out in September. Bush is currently on the DL, but Tommy Rancel reported yesterday that the injury is “just some arm soreness and nothing considered serious.”



  1. Gus says:

    This is something the 2001 D-rays would have done. Reminds me of Toe Nash crossed with Dewon Brazleton. No thanks.

    • MJ says:

      lol i still dont think toe nash was real.

      • Gus says:

        Unfortunately for Mr. Nash, the Louisiana penal system finds him to be all too real (although in one case he was falsely accused and released with one of his prison sentences).

        The all-tools yet all-crazy outfield of Nash, Josh Hamilton and Elijah Dukes would have been one for the record books. But the Rays don’t need to be in the business of giving fifth chances to guys. Leave that to the Nats.

  2. Don says:

    Promoted to the Rays to play where??? Jaso,Brig., Perez, Rodz, Ruggino, Blalock, Jennings……
    more I know but I can’t think….WHo is He better than???

  3. Cork Gaines says:

    I am being told that in his limited work, he was hitting 98mph on the gun. If you throw that hard and can throw strikes, the Rays will find a use for you.

  4. Amanda says:

    The Rays (and Devil Rays) have a very good history of helping players with life-threatening issues, even when they’re issues that are self-inflicted. Instead of just throwing someone to the wolves, they allow them to stay in the organization, giving them access to medical benefits and professional help, and they’ve already seen benefits in Josh Hamilton and Rocco Baldelli, and could see the same with Bush. But it’s not just seeing them back to a major-league roster, it’s helping them recover from whatever ailment they have, and that’s pretty decent of them in my eyes. Even if Bush never makes it back to the majors, or doesn’t make it back with the Rays, they’ve still helped a young man get his life back in order. Good on them.

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