With the first pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur draft, the San Diego Padres selected Matt Bush. …
Padres excited about Matt Bush
Recommended by Padres scout Tim McWilliam, Bush batted .450 (55-for-123) with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases in his senior season at Mission Bay HS, leading the Buccaneers to a second San Diego Section Division III championship in three years. He split his time between shortstop and the mound, where he compiled a 9-1 record with a 0.42 ERA (5 ER/66.0 IP) and 91 strikeouts as a pitcher. The 5-11, 175-pound Bush set several state records during his prep career at Mission Bay, including hits (211) and runs scored (196). He also finished with 24 career home runs.
A 2004 First-Team preseason All-American by Baseball America, Bush earned Second-Team All-America honors following his junior season after batting .458 (54-for-118) with eight home runs, 34 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
In Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey of the top 100 prospects entering the draft, Bush was named as the best defensive infielder and having the best arm strength among high school eligible players. Bush participated in the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic on August 23, 2003 in Fort Myers, FL, going 1-for-2 with a homer, two RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. Prior to the Baseball Classic last year, he was named as the top prospect at the 2003 Area Code Games by Baseball America.
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