San Jose Giants - AAA - one kid to watch....

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  1. k7

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    I got to see Matt play a couple of weeks ago. Watching him mature and grow as a player has been a real treat. My daughter and I walked down after the game ended and in talking with him, a couple of things are clear. Yeah - the Astros are in last place but Matt was pissed - and I do mean pissed - that they lost to the Dbacks. Last place team - and he's not satisfied - not just mailing it in.

    It's also pretty clear he's literally a veteran player. As the game progressed, he was beside one coach or another and when I asked him about it, he said, "we're just talking out various game situations". Didn't see any of the other players doing that.

    Best of all, even in an extremely-limited playing role, he's made the best of it. From here:
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    The 27-year-old Downs continues to take a step forward with Houston in 2011, hitting a major league-best .444 (16-for-36) in the month of August, including a .462 mark with a homer, eight RBI, four doubles and five runs scored over his last 11 games.

    Also, Downs has compiled a major league-best 11 pinch-RBI and is tied for first in the big leagues with three pinch-home runs.

    He's hitting .277 with seven homers and 31 RBI on the season entering Monday's opener against the Pirates at Minute Maid Park.
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    He got to play tonight - 2 for 4 with another homer to add to the totals mentioned above.
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    Thanks for the updates Gerry.
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    maloryII more north, more wet

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    Glad to hear he's doing so well. Even if he doesn't get a chance to be an every day player (and he's still young enough to compete if someone gets hurt), solid utilitymen with consistent production are highly coveted by all teams. Leading the MLB in pinch RBIs and tied for pinch HRs? That's a damn impressive feat. Bright future. :thumb

    Now find a way to get him off the Astros :ymca
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    If I'm not mistaken, Matt has played first, second, shortstop and third base this season.

    Tonight, he starts in right field.

    That makes me wonder - has there ever been a player in the majors who played every position at one time or another? I mean, he'll be in right field tonight. It's conceivable that he could play center and left at some point.

    That leaves pitcher and catcher and I know Matt was a pitcher in college. In fact, the manager of San Francisco said he'd use him as a pitcher if there were no other options.

    That leaves catcher. :deal

    :lol3
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    I think Craig Biggio did it.
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    Well, he did play for Houston as a catcher, 2nd base and in the outfield.- what a great player! Not taking anything away from him but I'm looking for someone who played every position at one time or another.
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    Matt got his 9th HR and that was the go-ahead run for Houston in the 8th inning.

    MLB's site is dog-ass slow but it'll load eventually. Link
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    Holy shit. This article was posted today:

    "There was a new guy at the usual outfielders meeting before the first game of any series, and while Matt Downs' presence in right field Monday night will have little impact this year, it is only part of the discussion of his expanded role in 2012.

    Not only is Downs, 27, being considered for time in the outfield down the road, but the Astros will consider him for catching next year when Jason Castro returns recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    Downs, who has played all four infield positions for the Astros this year and is batting .284, has played neither outfield nor catcher at the major league level but has experience at both, catching in spring training and playing 29 games in the minors as an outfielder.

    "We've talked about bringing him to camp as a catcher and a guy who can go out there and do that," manager Brad Mills said of Downs, who has been Mills' emergency catcher most of the season. "We all know Jason Castro, with the injury that he's gone through, to ask him to come back and catch the bulk of the games next year might be a little bit too much.

    "So having three catchers might be important. And depending how good Downsie does if we decide to do that has something to do with it."

    As for the outfield, it could be part of a super-utility role with infield reps possibly drying up next year behind a full season of Jose Altuve at second base and Jimmy Paredes at third - Downs' two primary infield positions."
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    Forgot about this thread. I was going to post this and forgot to as well. Earlier in the year I was over my mother's house and my stepdad was watching a Mets game. Being a Yankees fan I never watch the Mets but in this game Matt Downs hit a late inning pinch hit homerun. I remembered the name from this thread, and wondered how he was doing. Seems like pretty good with a .284 average and playing all over the field. Every team needs a guy like that.
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    Cool story!

    Agreed - knowing Matt, he'll embrace that role and succeed at it. I can't help but watch in amazement at his progress. Think about it - he was a pitcher in college, earned a shot at 3rd base for his senior year, wasn't drafted until the 36th round behind well over 1,000 players, watched the Giants give a 15 year old a $2.1M bonus (only to be accused of murder, did pretty well at high A ball, moved to low A and then AAA, was invited as a non-roster player to spring series and worked his way up to the bigs last year where he played with the Giants long enough to win a NLCS and WS ring. Now, he's got a shot at adding more positions to his skills and earn more playing time.

    It's pretty damn cool.
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    Matt appears to be firmly entrenched as a back-up player for Houston. The depth chart has him at six different positions. He did have HR's in back-to-back games recently when he subbed for Carlos Lee at first base. He's doing pretty well and it'll be nice when he swings through PHX later in the summer.
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    Double Downs. Its amazing to read all four years of his story. I'm coming back around to baseball. Its a great passtime.

    The Astros come to Denver next week. I can't get there then but we are going Sat. for Rocks v Braves. $15 for left field first level if bought at King Soopers. That's a fair price for a fun day.

    Here's to Matt's success in 2012 and to good guys doing good everywhere. :clap
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    Glad you enjoyed it - hard to believe we've been keeping this alive since 2008!

    For your viewing pleasure.........

    In Cincy - off the end of his bat to the opposite side:

    linky

    Let's just say that he got every bit of a knuckleball that didn't:

    linky
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    Where's the Monk?

    The kid is doing it right. It took him all of 23 seconds to round the bases. That's hustle, not gloatin' time. I like it. I like these clips too. If you can measure the time from contact to seats and the distance you can estimate the speed of the ball through the air. The first clip it might go 100 fps! The second one sounds like a broken bat! Atta boy Double Downs!
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    I think Kevin has cut w-a-y back on his posting here. I've seen him on FB occasionally. I miss Waxy - he was a good guy and I wish he'd come back. Not sure why or what happened but that's life I suppose.
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    Wow - can't believe that this thread has been going this long. Last year, Matt was with the Marlins' farm club but I don't believe he played a lot. I suppose it was the beginning of the end.

    It's nice to see Matt starting a new chapter as a coach:

    11/7/13 – Marion Military Institute is excited to announce the hiring of Matt Downs as their Head Baseball Coach, effective immediately. Matt Downs graduated from Bibb County High School, where he played in two state championship games, winning the 4A state title in 2001. He spent one year at Shelton State as a pitcher/infielder before being drafted in the 25th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft. He chose not to sign with the Pirates and accepted a baseball scholarship to the University of Alabama. Downs played his last three years at UA where he helped Alabama win the Southeastern Conference Championship in 2006. He earned a Player of the Week Award that May after his strong hitting performance against the University of Tennessee helped Alabama clinch the championship. Downs hit .290 (81-for-279) with seven home runs and 67 RBI in his 80-game career at UA, with the majority of his playing time coming as a senior in 2006.

    Matt Downs was drafted out of Alabama by the San Francisco Giants in 2006 in the 36th round. Downs reached the major leagues in 2009, starting at second base temporarily for the Giants during that season. He played a few games with them in 2010 before he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros that August. Downs spent the entire 2011 season in the major leagues, batting .276 and leading the major leagues with 15 pinch-hit runs batted in (RBI). Following the 2012 season, the Astros made him a free agent and he signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins in 2013.

    Downs has worked as a pitching coach, field and hitting instructor at all levels.​
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    I've been casually following this thread. It looks like Matt gave it the old college try. He has the NLCS and WS rings, which few of us have ever done. :D Good luck to him in his coaching career.