DeSalvo with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
|Florida Marlins — No. --|
September 11, 1980
New Castle, Pennsylvania
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 7, 2007 for the New York Yankees|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||7.89|
Matthew Thomas DeSalvo (born September 11, 1980 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a Major League Baseball pitcher in the Florida Marlins organization. He made his major league debut with the New York Yankees on May 7, 2007, against the Seattle Mariners going 7 innings and only giving up 3 hits.
DeSalvo graduated from Union Area High School located in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1998.
DeSalvo graduated from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in environmental science in 2003. He holds the NCAA Division III record for career wins (53), strikeouts in a season (205), and strikeouts in a career (603.) His records for career wins and career strikeouts are NCAA All-Division records.
During the summer, DeSalvo was an All-League player for the Delaware Cows of the Great Lakes League, He also played for the Danbury Westerners of the NECBL (New England Collegiate Baseball League.)
In the minor leagues from 2003-06, he averaged 7 hits, 5 walks, and 8 strikeouts per 9 innings. On January 26, 2007, DeSalvo was designated for assignment. He cleared waivers, and was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on February 1.
At spring training for the Yankees in 2007, his pitching turned heads. "I was in shock, that's how filthy his [stuff] was" Jason Giambi said. "How can another team not take him when he was off the roster?" Larry Bowa asked.
DeSalvo made his major league debut for the Yankees on May 7, against the Seattle Mariners. He pitched 7 innings giving up only 3 hits and 1 run, but received a no decision in the Yankees' 3-2 loss.
On May 13, 2007, DeSalvo got his first MLB win against the Mariners. He went 6.2 innings with 2 strikeouts, while only giving up 7 hits and 2 runs.
On January 5, 2008, he signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. On August 15, he was called up from the Richmond Braves to replace Tom Glavine on the Braves roster, and was briefly used in the bullpen before being sent back down on August 23. DeSalvo was released on September 4 after refusing an outright assignment to the minors.
On January 29, 2009, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets. He was released by the Mets on April 4. On May 25, DeSalvo was signed to a minor league deal by the Tampa Bay Rays. On August 12, 2009 DeSalvo Was Released By The Tampa Bay Rays. On August 15, 2009 Desalvo Signed A Minor League Contract With The Florida Marlins.
DeSalvo is a voracious reader, who in February 2007, was working on a selection of five books at once. He has a reading list with over 400 titles, and has read about 200 so far. Remarkably, the books are not recreational or easy reading, but are titles like Albert Camus' Myth of Sisyphus and Christa Wolf's In Search of Christa.