Matthew Olson Guerrier is a professional baseball relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the American Baseball League. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on the 2nd of August, 1978. He is a dextral pitcher and stands at 6’3’’ and weighs 195 lbs. He attended Kent State University during his college years prior to playing professional baseball.
The dextral pitcher from Ohio was originally drafted in the 1996 Major League draft by the Kansan City Royals, but decided to continue with his education instead of signing with the club. He was again drafted in 1999 during the 10th round by the Chicago Whitesox.
He began his professional career in 1999 playing at Virginia for the Appalachian League team, the Bristol Whitesox, and played 21 games for the rookie level farm team. Later in the season, he would move up to Carolina League, playing for the Winston-Salem Warthogs, playing the last 4 games of the season with the A+ team. During his freshman year as a professional, he registered a 100% win record, posting a total of 5-0 win-loss record while maintaining an ERA of 1.55.
In 2000, he continued playing in the Carolina League, and was even tied in second in terms of saves with 19, until he was again promoted to the double A team, the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. Collectively, he played in a total of 53 games during his sophomore year. He was got the most saves in the organization with 26 saves. He continued playing in the Southern League through the first half of his third year as a pro until he was again promoted to the Charlotte Knights. He posted the most number of wins and best win-loss ratio among minor leaguers in 2001 with a win-loss record of 18-4.
The Pittsburg Pirates acquired Matt Guerrier on March 27, 2002 via a trade, sending Damaso Marte to Chicago. For two next two seasons, the right-handed pitcher would play for the organizations’triple A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. By the end of the 2003 season, the Minnesota Twins would select Guerrier off a waiver, and he had his debut in the majors with the Twins on June 17, 2004 versus the Montreal Expos. He would stay in the organization for the next 7 seasons.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, his current team, would acquire Guerrier in 2011. He was signed by the Dodgers to a $12 million, 3-year contract. Guerrier was the league leader in number of appearances for the 2008-2009 season, and his durability was a significant factor for his acquisition by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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