*Matthew J. Thornton’, called “Matt”, was born on September 15, 1976, in Three Rivers, Michigan. He is a relief pitcher with the Chicago White Sox.High SchoolMatt graduated from Centreville High School in 1995.CollegeMatt was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 27th round of the 1995 draft, but decided not to sign, and instead went to Grand Valley State University. *Minors’Matt was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round as the 22nd overall pick in 1998.
In 1999 and 2000, Matt was a starting pitcher with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League. In 2001, he started for the San Bernardino Stampede in the California League (high-A ball) and had a 14-7 record, along with a 2.52 ERA and 192 strikeouts in only 157.0 Innings.
Matt was then promoted to AA baseball and played with the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League in 2002.
In 2003, he was sent back down to high-A ball with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League, but was quickly promoted back up AA ball with the San Antonio Missions. He started only 4 games, but posted an 0.36 ERA, with a 3-1 record, gave up only 8 hits in 25.1 innings of work and struck out 18 batters.
He was promoted that same year to AAA ball with the Tacoma Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League, but had a shaky start here.