Mathew Adam Latos is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
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Mat Latos has played in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres from 2009 through 2011, the Cincinnati Reds from 2012 through 2014, and the Miami Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2015, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals in 2016, and the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017.
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Mat Latos played baseball at Coconut Creek High School, where he became one of the best high school players in the state.
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Mat Latos debuted for the Padres in 2009, and established himself in their starting rotation.
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Mat Latos suffered a knee injury in 2014, which reduced his effectiveness.
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Mat Latos signed with the White Sox for 2016, but was released during the season, and finished the year with the Nationals.
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Mat Latos is the only child born to Lisa and Rich Mat Latos.
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When Mat Latos was 12 years old, his grandfather insisted that he play in a baseball tournament rather than stay at his bedside the day he died.
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Mat Latos was named the ace starting pitcher of the Coconut Creek baseball team's as a freshman.
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Mat Latos was an honorable mention by the Florida Sports Writers Association for the All-State team.
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Mat Latos appeared in the Broward County Athletics Association All-Star Game, and was named South Florida Sun-Sentinels player of the year.
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Mat Latos committed to attend the University of Oklahoma to play college baseball for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team.
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However, many scouts expected Mat Latos to be a first-round pick in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.
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Mat Latos started his professional career in 2007, minor league baseball with the Eugene Emeralds, the Padres' Class A-Short Season affiliate in the Northwest League.
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In 2008, Mat Latos started the season with the Fort Wayne Wizards of the Class A Midwest League, but missed playing time during the season due to abdominal and shoulder injuries.
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Mat Latos started the 2009 season in Fort Wayne and allowed only one run in four starts.
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Mat Latos was then promoted to the San Antonio Missions of the Class AA Texas League.
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Padres promoted Mat Latos to make his major league debut on July 19,2009, against the Colorado Rockies.
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Mat Latos became the first pitcher in Padres history to win four of his first five career starts.
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On May 13,2010, Mat Latos threw a complete game shutout against the division foe San Francisco Giants.
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On September 7,2010, Mat Latos set a major league record with a seven–inning, 10–strikeout performance in a win against the Dodgers.
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Mat Latos placed eighth in voting for the National League Cy Young Award.
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Mat Latos started 2011 on the disabled list due to a spring training shoulder injury.
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Mat Latos lost his first four starts of the season, extending his losing streak to nine consecutive starts dating back to 2010.
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Mat Latos had a no-decision in his next start after the bullpen blew a save opportunity, preventing him from earning a win.
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Mat Latos lost another decision for a 10-game losing streak that was one less than the club record held by Gary Ross.
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On October 11,2012, Mat Latos gave up a grand slam to Buster Posey in a 6-run top of the fifth inning in the elimination game of the NLDS.
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Mat Latos took the loss in this game, as the Reds were eliminated.
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Mat Latos had a 21-game streak without a loss, extending from August 2012 to June 2013.
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Mat Latos had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow during the offseason.
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Mat Latos's knee had not fully recovered in time for Opening Day of the 2014 season, which he started on the disabled list.
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On September 28,2015, Mat Latos signed a contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that would allow him to pitch the last week of the season for them.
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Mat Latos was not eligible to pitch for the Angels in the postseason.
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Mat Latos made his Nationals debut on September 4,2016, against the Mets.
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On February 16,2017, Mat Latos signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Mat Latos started three games for the Blue Jays, pitching to a 6.
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Mat Latos went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and a run scored.
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On January 29,2020, Mat Latos signed with the New Jersey Jackals of the Frontier League.
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Mat Latos mostly relies on his four-seamer and slider against right-handed hitters while adding considerable variety against lefties.
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Mat Latos has one of the highest delivery points in baseball.
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Mat Latos has compiled good strikeout totals in his career as a starter, finishing in the NL's top 10 in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched rate twice.
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Mat Latos enjoys drawing, especially airbrushing, and stated a desire to work on tattoos.
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