Former Reds pitcher trying comeback in independent league sparks brawl
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Former Reds pitcher Mat Latos is attempting a comeback this season pitching for the New Jersey Jackals of the independent CanAm League and on Saturday night he was in the middle of a benches clearing brawl with the Rockland Boulders.
Right after his catcher, Kevin Torres, was run over on a play at home plate, Latos threw two pitches inside to the next hitter, with the second pitch sailing over the hitter's head.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Latos gestured at the hitter to come to him, then dropped his glove and body-slammed a Rockland player who came off the bench racing at him.
Here is video of the incident that led to Latos throwing the two inside pitches and then video of the brawl itself:
The 30-year-old Latos pitched for the Reds from 2012-14 and compiled a 33-16 record with a 3.31 ERA. He had been acquired from the San Diego Padres in a trade in which the Reds sent Yonder Alonso, Brad Boxberger, Yasmani Grandal and Edinson Volquez to San Diego. Latos was then traded to the Miami Marlins following the 2014 season in exchange for pitcher Anthony Desclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.
Latos pitched for the Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels in 2015, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals in 2016 and Toronto Blue Jays in 2017, but arm troubles limited him to only 44 appearances, 36 of which were starts, and his ERA in that span was 5.05.
This season for the Jackals he is 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in three starts.