Photo by Joseph Fuqua II, Cincinnati Enquirer
Redleg Nation, meet Mathew Adam Latos.
Mat Latos turned 24 on December 9. He is a big-framed (6’6″, 225 lbs) right-handed pitcher, born in Alexandria, Virginia and played baseball at Coconut Creek High School in Florida. He bats right-handed and notably, has nearly every inch of his upper body inked, including this and this on his pitching arm.
2006: Drafted out of High School
Latos was selected by San Diego in the 11th round of the 2006 draft. While many scouts saw him as possessing first-round talent, John Sickels reported that Latos “fell down draft boards because of excessive bonus demands, a University of Oklahoma commitment, and worries about his makeup and personality.”
An impressive stint pitching for Broward Community College in the spring of 2007 persuaded the Padres to sign 19-year-old Mat Latos to a $1.25 million contract on May 30.
2007-2009: A and AA Minor Leagues
Latos spent 2007, 2008 and part of 2009 in t...