McBride with the Oakland Athletics
|Catcher / Right fielder / First baseman|
|Born: May 23, 1985|
|August 4, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||19|
|Representing United States|
|2015 WBSC Premier12|
McBride was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2012, with whom he played right field and first base. As of the end of the 2016 season, McBride’s big league career statistics included outfield games played, 22; first base games, 18; and games caught, 16. His MLB batting line stood at .201/.228/.299, with 4 home runs (HR), and 19 runs batted in (RBI). He has also played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics.
McBride attended Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the second round (75th overall) of the 2006 amateur draft out of Lehigh University. Although he was drafted as a catcher, he has also spent considerable time at first base and in the outfield.
He made his professional debut playing for the Class A-Short Season Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York–Penn League in 2006. By 2011, he had made his way to Triple-A with the International League's Columbus Clippers.
In July 2011, he was traded from Cleveland to the Colorado Rockies with Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, and Joe Gardner for Ubaldo Jiménez. With the Rockies, he was assigned to the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
On August 4, 2012, made his major league debut with the Rockies. In four at bats, he recorded two hits (including a double), one RBI, and a run scored. He mostly split the 2013 to 2015 seasons between Triple-A and the Rockies. In 2015 with the Rockies, in 42 at bats he hit .167/.186/.167.
He was granted free agency in October 2015, and signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics in December 2015. He was assigned to the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A), where he began the 2016 season. The Athletics called him up to the major league team on April 27, and for the season he batted .209/.227/.279 as he caught 11% (1 of 9) of attempted base-stealers. He was sent outright to Triple-A after the 2016 season, and elected to become a free agent.
He re-signed a minor league contract with the A's in November 2016. On June 7, 2017, McBride caught a combined no-hitter with Sounds batterymates Chris Smith, Sean Doolittle, Tucker Healy, and Simón Castro. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
On January 3, 2018, McBride signed a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies. He elected free agency on November 2, 2018. In 2018 with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in AAA he batted .242/.333/.479 in 190 at bats. McBride re-signed with the Phillies to a minor league contract on December 21, 2018. He was put on the AAA Injured list to start the 2019 season.
McBride has garnered the following achievements in his minor league career:
- "Matt McBride Stats". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
- Bethlehem Native McBride Powers Akron Past R-Phils - WFMZ
- "2nd Round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "2011 Colorado Rockies Trades and Transactions". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Matt McBride 2012 Batting Game Logs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
- "Matt McBride Stats & Scouting Report". BaseballAmerica.com. Baseball America. 2019. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
- Lockard, Melissa (April 27, 2016). "Oakland A's add Matt McBride; option Andrew Triggs to Nashville". Oakland Clubhouse. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
- Hall, Alex (October 7, 2016). "Oakland A's roster moves: Eric Sogard, Jarrod Parker, 4 others head to free agency". Retrieved October 7, 2016.
- Lockard, Melissa (November 16, 2016). "Oakland A's sign four more MiLB free agents". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- Eddy, Matt (November 21, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov 12-18". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- "Sounds vs. Storm Chasers Box Score: 06/07/17". Minor League Baseball. July 7, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- "Phillies' Matt McBride: Signs with Philadelphia". CBSSports.com. January 3, 2018.
- Eddy, Matt (January 12, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Dec 19 - Jan 10". Baseball America. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- "Matt McBride Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | Tulsa Drillers Stats". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved March 3, 2016.