Rays righthander Matt Bush, the No. 1 pick of the 2004 draft, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene after an accident on Thursday night.
According to reports, Bush was involved in an accident with a 72-year-old motorcyclist. He was charged with multiple offenses including hit and run, leaving the scene with damage to property, leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury, DUI with serious bodily injury and driving with a suspended license.
Bush is considered one of the worst busts among No. 1 picks, as he never made it past Class A as a shortstop with the Padres. He was arrested for a fight at a nightclub before he ever stepped onto the field as a professional. Eventually, Bush converted to pitching as the Padres tried to recoup some of their $3.15 million investment. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2008 and soon after the Padres sold his contract to the Blue Jays. He missed all of 2008 and 2009 and was released by the Blue Jays without making an appearance after violating unspecified team rules. The Rays signed him after that and tried to get him counseling to help with his off-field troubles.
When healthy, Bush featured a fastball that would sit between 94-97 mph as well as a tight curveball. He seemed to show some improvement with Tampa Bay, enough that the Rays added him to their 40-man roster before the 2011 season. He struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings pitching for Double-A Montgomery in 2011. Bush was expected to head to Triple-A Durham this year and was in line to contend for a big league bullpen spot at some point this year.
The Rays released a statement saying: “The Tampa Bay Rays organization is deeply saddened by today's tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family. We will reserve further comment until we learn more about the incident that took place.’’
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