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Matt Thornton

38-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

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1-3

ERA

1.75

WHIP

1.14

K

28

SV

0

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Thornton finished off the 2013 season with Boston after the White Sox traded him in July. A useful lefty arm out of the pen, Thornton was very hittable in his time with Boston and was left off the pos...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 6"   WT: 235   DOB: 9/15/1976   BORN: Centreville, MI   COLLEGE: Grand Valley State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Claimed off waivers by Washington in August 2014.

September 6, 2014  –  Matt Thornton News

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Thornton was named by manager Matt Williams as a candidate to see save chances with Rafael Soriano removed from the closer role, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

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Matt Thornton Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 27 AAA TAC 16 15 0 83.0 85 47 4 74 63 7 5 0 5.10 1.78
2005 28 MAJ SEA 55 0 0 57.0 54 33 13 57 42 0 4 0 5.21 1.68
2006 29 MAJ CHA 63 0 0 54.0 46 20 5 49 21 5 3 2 3.33 1.24
2007 30 MAJ CHA 68 0 0 56.3 59 30 4 55 26 4 4 2 4.79 1.51
2008 31 MAJ CHA 74 0 0 67.3 48 20 5 77 19 5 3 1 2.67 1.00
2009 32 MAJ CHA 70 0 0 72.3 58 22 5 87 20 6 3 4 2.74 1.08
2010 33 MAJ CWS 61 0 0 60.7 41 18 3 81 20 5 4 8 2 21 2.67 1.01
2011 34 MAJ CWS 62 0 0 59.7 60 22 3 63 21 2 5 3 4 20 3.32 1.36
2012 35 MAJ CWS 74 0 0 65.0 63 25 4 53 17 4 10 3 4 26 3.46 1.23
2013 36 MAJ CWS 40 0 0 28.0 25 12 4 21 10 0 3 0 1 18 3.86 1.25
2013 36 MAJ BOS 20 0 0 15.3 22 6 0 9 5 0 1 0 0 1 3.52 1.76
2013  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ CWS/BOS 60 0 0 43.3 47 18 4 30 15 0 4 0 1 19 3.74 1.43
2014 37 MAJ NYY 46 0 0 24.7 23 7 0 20 6 0 3 0 4 12 2.55 1.18
2014 37 MAJ WAS 18 0 0 11.3 10 0 0 8 2 1 0 0 0 6 0.00 1.06
2014  (Multiple Teams) 37 MAJ NYY/WAS 64 0 0 36.0 33 7 0 28 8 1 3 0 4 18 1.75 1.14
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3-Year Averages     65 0 0 56.0 56 21 3 48 17 2 6 2 3 21 3.38 1.30
Career  (View All)     670 1 0 604.3 539 230 48 610 234 33 45 23 3.43 1.28

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

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Matt Thornton Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 25 NYM 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 1.06
Sep. 19 @Mia 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.97
Sep. 14 @NYM 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.90
Sep. 11 @NYM 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.93
Sep. 8 Atl 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.96
Sep. 5 Phi 0.3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.86
Sep. 3 @LAD 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.67
Sep. 1 @LAD 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.72
Aug. 30 @Sea 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 0.00 0.75
Aug. 27 @Phi 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.78
Aug. 23 SF 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.68
Aug. 21 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.47
Aug. 18 Ari 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.56
Aug. 17 Pit 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.69
Aug. 16 Pit 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0.00 0.55
Aug. 9 @Atl 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.75
Aug. 7 NYM 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 0.60
Aug. 6 NYM 0.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0.00 1.50
Aug. 4 Bal 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1 2.55 1.18
Aug. 1 Phi 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 2.59 1.19
Last 14 Days
2 Games:  Avg. 0.7 IP/G
1.3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 2 0.00 2.25
Last 30 Days
9 Games:  Avg. 0.4 IP/G
3.7 5 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 6 0.00 1.64
Last 60 Days
20 Games:  Avg. 0.6 IP/G
12.3 10 0 0 0 2 8 1 0 0 1-0 0 0 7 0.00 0.97

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Matt Thornton Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20149016320100.250
20138920319203.235
201213135731611.256

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20146212513310.236
201398101228301.333
2012135181032803.258

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201421.311016101.271.17
201325.703016923.861.48
201233.7142321122.671.10

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201414.702012702.451.09
201317.701014623.571.36
201231.336121624.311.37
Matt Thornton Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 27 AAA TAC 16 15 83.0 8.02 6.83 1.17 0.43 70.1% 5.10 4.54 .336
2005 28 MAJ SEA 55 0 57.0 9.00 6.63 1.36 2.05 75.9% 5.21 6.45 .283
2006 29 MAJ CHA 63 0 54.0 8.17 3.50 2.33 0.83 1.30 75.8% 3.33 3.79 .284
2007 30 MAJ CHA 68 0 56.3 8.79 4.15 2.12 0.64 1.31 67.9% 4.79 3.60 .346
2008 31 MAJ CHA 74 0 67.3 10.29 2.54 4.05 0.67 1.43 75.8% 95.3 MPH 2.67 2.75 .276
2009 32 MAJ CHA 70 0 72.3 10.82 2.49 4.35 0.62 1.44 76.7% 95.7 MPH 2.74 2.55 .312
2010 33 MAJ CWS 61 0 60.7 12.02 2.97 4.05 0.45 1.26 74.1% 96.2 MPH 2.67 2.26 .297
2011 34 MAJ CWS 62 0 59.7 9.50 3.17 3.00 0.45 1.89 75.6% 95.8 MPH 3.32 2.80 .351
2012 35 MAJ CWS 74 0 65.0 7.34 2.35 3.12 0.55 2.10 72.4% 95.0 MPH 3.46 3.29 .312
2013 36 MAJ CWS 40 0 28.0 6.75 3.21 2.10 1.29 1.13 74.2% 94.3 MPH 3.86 4.84 .266
2013 36 MAJ BOS 20 0 15.3 5.28 2.93 1.80 0.00 2.75 77.8% 94.3 MPH 3.52 3.00 .391
2013  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ CWS/BOS 60 0 43.3 6.23 3.12 2.00 0.83 1.57 75.9% 94.3 MPH 3.74 4.09 .318
2014 37 MAJ NYY 46 0 24.7 7.30 2.19 3.33 0.00 2.10 75.9% 95.1 MPH 2.55 2.79 .317
2014 37 MAJ WAS 18 0 11.3 6.35 1.59 4.00 0.00 2.11 100% 95.1 MPH 0.00 2.58 .294
2014  (Multiple Teams) 37 MAJ NYY/WAS 64 0 36.0 7.00 2.00 3.50 0.00 2.10 82.9% 95.1 MPH 1.75 2.33 .310
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3-Year Averages     65 0 56.0 7.71 2.73 2.82 0.48 74.3% 3.38 3.09 .325
Career     670 1 604.3 9.08 3.48 2.61 0.71 74.9% 3.43 3.41 .310

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2014 Stat Review for Matt Thornton    As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2013 (min 55 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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3.50 K/BB
GOOD
7.00 K/9
WEAK
2.00 BB/9
GREAT
95.1 MPH Fastball
GREAT
0.0 HR/9
ELITE
2.10 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.75 ERA
ELITE
1.14 WHIP
GOOD
2.33 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.310 BABIP
HIGH
82.9% Strand Rate
ABOVE AVERAGE

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Matt Thornton: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Thornton, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard were all mentioned by Nationals manager Matt Williams as possible ninth-inning replacements for a struggling Rafael Soriano after Friday's game, the Washington Post reports.

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Thornton made his Nationals debut on Wednesday, giving up a hit in two-thirds of an inning.

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Thornton, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday, has been activated, the Washington Post reports.

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Thornton has been claimed off waivers by the Nationals, ESPN New York reports.

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Thornton did not allow a run in two-thirds of an inning Saturday.

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Thornton has a 3.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 28 appearances this season.

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Thornton's two-year deal with the Yankees became official Friday, the team's official site reports.

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Thornton agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Yankees on Tuesday, pending a physical, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports.

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The Red Sox declined Thornton's $6 million option for the 2014 season, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.

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2014

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2013

After striking out more than 10.0 K/9 from 2008-10, Thornton's strikeout rate tumbled further into single digits for the second consecutive season. His declining velocity, coupled with manager Robin Ventura's preference for Addison Reed in the ninth inning sapped his value for fantasy owners in 2012. Thornton could be in line for a handful of saves if Addison Reed struggles in the closer role, but even that is not a guarantee at this point. Most likely, he will instead serve as the team's top left-handed setup man.

2012

The White Sox handed Thornton a two-year extension worth $12 million just before naming him their closer in March. However, they might want a refund after the way the rest of his season unfolded. A handful of blown saves knocked him from the ninth-inning role before the end of April, and he wrapped up the year with four-year lows in WHIP, K/9IP, BB/9IP, losses, innings and ERA. The K/9IP was still at a respectable 9.50, but that was a far cry from the 12.02 he posted in 2010. He did not lose much velocity on his fastball, but Pitch f/x shows that he had less movement on it. The WHIP and ERA may fall has he regresses from his career-worst .326 BABIP, but it looks like his days as a closer-in-waiting are over, even after the White Sox traded Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays in December.

2011

Thornton continued his ascent into fantasy relevance in 2010. It was his third straight season with 10.0-plus strikeouts per nine innings, but Bobby Jenks' struggles allowed Thornton to take over the closer role at times. He saved eight games in temporary stints in the closer role, and that number could increase in 2011 with Jenks out of the picture depending on the White Sox's plans for Chris Sale.

2010

Thornton had something of a career year in 2009. He went from left-handed specialist to top setup man and struck out 77 in 67 innings, while only walking 19. Despite his proficiencies against lefties, he got righties to whiff pretty often as well. Thornton also got a chance to step into the closer's role when Bobby Jenks was hurt, and he should play a similar role in 2010.

2009

Like a lot of lefty relievers in modern baseball, Thornton gets misused as a specialist despite being effective -- .235/.328/.377 career -- against righties. It kills his fantasy value, because if allowed to throw more complete innings and go more than an inning, he might pick up extra wins and odd saves. As is, he's one of the better set-up men in the AL, and a candidate for saves in a Jenks-free pen.

2008

Hardly anything went right in the White Sox bullpen in 2007 and Thornton was no exception. Looking to build off of his 2006 campaign when he posted a 1.241 WHIP and limited lefties to a .211 batting average, Thornton disappointed with a 1.509 WHIP and a 4.79 ERA as lefties his .283 against him. Thornton's never been a death-on-lefties guy in his career outside of '06 but the Sox will need him to regain that form this season. He'll be back as the primary late-inning option from the left side unless he spits up all over himself in the spring but needs to reign in some of his control issues if he's to take the next step forward.

2007

Thornton was the beneficiary of a roster spot when Dustin Hermanson couldn't make it in the spring. He cut his walk totals down and made himself into a fine major league reliever, allowing just two runs and seven hits over the final 11 appearances (6.2 IP). He's a lefty specialist for now but has the potential to be more, if necessary, since neither righties nor lefties want to face his 98-mph fastball.

2006

In addition to a high-90s fastball, Thornton has a devastating slider -- when it's working. That's been the problem, though. Thornton was once a top prospect in the organization, but his inconsistency at the big-league level has caused headaches for the Mariners. He allowed a baserunner in 48 of his 55 appearances last season, finishing with 57 strikeouts and 42 walks. He is out of minor league options -- that's why he made the club last season -- and the Mariners could just release him if he struggles in spring training.

2005

The Mariners 1998 first-round draft pick, Thornton finally debuted last season. He failed to impress and his season was cut short by shoulder soreness. After a stint in winter ball, the Mariners are convinced Thornton has regained his arm strength. He has a shot to make the bullpen.

2004

Thornton could be the other lefty out of the bullpen after Eddie Guardado this season. His problem is staying healthy. He was coming off Tommy John surgery last season, then developed a neck injury late in the year. He finished with a 3-2 record and a 2.58 ERA in eight starts. The M's expect him to be recovered by spring and have high expectations for the hard-throwing lefty and former first-round draft pick.

2003

Thornton is on the 40-man roster, but will spend the 2003 season in the minors, likely at Triple-A Tacoma.