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Matt Belisle

Colorado Rockies — No. --
Born: June 6, 1980 (1980-06-06) (age 29)
Austin, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 7, 2003 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     19-23
Earned run average     5.10
Strikeouts     252

Matthew Thomas Belisle (born June 6, 1980, in Austin, Texas) is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.


Early life

He attended McCallum High School and was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves in the 2nd round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft.

Atlanta Braves organization

Belisle began his professional career in 1999, pitching for the Rookie level Danville Braves. He was promoted to the Single-A Macon Braves to begin the 2000 season; in 15 starts, he had a 2.38 ERA and a WHIP under 1. This was good enough to get Belisle a promotion to Single-A Advanced Myrtle Beach where he had a 3.43 ERA in 12 starts. He spent all of 2002 and most of 2003 with the Double-A Greenville Braves before being traded to the Cincinnati reds for veteran relief pitcher Kent Mercker as the PTBNL on August 14, 2003.

Cincinnati Reds organization

Belisle was assigned to Triple-A Louisville and was called up to the majors on September 7, 2003, making his debut that same day. In his debut, he pitched 2 innings, giving up a solo home run and walking one. In 6 relief appearances, he had a 1-1 record and a 5.20 ERA. Belisle did not play in the majors in 2004. He spent the entire year in Triple-A and struggled with a 9-11 record and a 5.26 ERA in 28 starts.

In 2005, Belisle spent the entire year in the majors, mostly pitching out of the bullpen. He made 5 starts and 55 relief appearances with a respectable ERA of 4.41. He went 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 40 innings in 2006, but missed a big chunk of the season with a back injury. In 2007, in a career-high 30 starts for the Reds, Belisle went 8-9 with a 5.32 ERA after winning the number five spot in the starting rotation, after being mostly a reliever the past two years. In 2008, he struggled in 6 starts with a 1-4 record and 7.28 ERA before being sent down to Triple-A and being reconverted into a relief pitcher.

Colorado Rockies organization

On January 14, 2009, Belisle signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.[1]


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