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San Diego Padres: Revisiting the Matt Bush draft selection

The San Diego Padres sure seem to like their failed shortstop prospects turned pitchers, don’t they? Drafted first overall in the 2004 MLB Draft, Matt Bush was reportedly the team’s third-choice but opted to take him anyways. Shortly after the draft, Bush was suspended for his role in a bar fight in Arizona, where he allegedly bit one of the bouncers.

He batted just .192 in 29 games of Rookie ball to close out his 2004 season. Despite the struggles, he was promoted to Single-A Fort Wayne in 2005, slashing .221/.279/.276 with two home runs and 32 RBI in 126 games.