Blue Jays acquire Matt Bush from Padres!
Today, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired 2004 #1 pick Matt Bush. Bush was a standout high school shortstop heading into the 2004 draft. He had a very projectable body and his skills were unmatched. Not only was he a threat at the plate, but he also threw 90’s from the mound. Thus, the Padres drafted Bush as a pitcher. It was a controversial pick as Bush was picked ahead of Rice University star, Jeff Niemann and current Arizona Diamondbacks’ SS Stephen Drew. Nevertheless, Bush looked like he had the best raw tools and mechanics to be a big league pitcher
As a baseball fan, I was anticipating the moment when Bush would finally break through. I waited. Then he had Tommy John Surgery. I waited some more. I gave up waiting.
I like this move from the Jays. They pick up a raw player who obviously has talent. He is only turning 24 years old and still has time to develop as a big league pitcher.
His role in the organization is far from known. He still has to recover from injuries and get back to what got him into the Majors. If he can mature in the system, the Jays may have acquired a diamond in the rough in 2-3 years.