- Detroit Tigers 2008 - present
Matthew R. Joyce was born on August 3, 1984 in Riverview, Florida. He plays outfield for the Detroit Tigers.
Matt is 6’ 2”, weighs 185 pounds, bats left and throws right.
College Joyce played baseball for Florida Southern College (FSC). In the 2005 season, his team won their ninth Division II national championship.
Minor Leagues The Detroit Tigers deafted Matt in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Matt began his career with a single-A Oneonta Tigers, where he batted .332 on the season.
In 2006 he was promoted to the single-A West Michigan Whitecaps, where he batted .258 with eleven home runs and 86 RBIs.
In 2007 he played with the AA Erie SeaWolves.
In 2008, Matt was one of 21 non-roster invitees to Tigers’ spring training. He didn’t make the team and was sent to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens. However, he was called up in early May to take Jacque Jones’ spot on the roster, and made his debut on May 5, 2008.
On May 29, however, he was replaced by Marcus Thames, and was sent back to Toledo. He was recalled on June 29 after Magglio Ordóñez went on the disabled list with a pulled oblique.
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