Drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round in 2014, Scott was initially assigned to the Rookie GCL Orioles where he made eight starts. Due to inconsistency and significant control issues, the Orioles moved him to the bullpen full time in 2015, with an eye on making him into a multi-inning, leverage reliever. Thus far in 2017, he has a career-low 1.50 ERA to go along with a 12.7 SO/9. That said, he still is consistently missing the plate, with an appalling 7.5 BB/9, and a less than attractive 0.65 GO:AO ratio.
He throws an 80-grade fastball, which sat 96-to-99 mph topped out at 103 mph in my viewing on May 7. His second offering is an average slider with late 3/4’s break, but it was something that he used only when he was ahead in the count – which wasn’t all that often. He also has a changeup that, while he didn’t use it much in this outing, could be an effective pitch for him if he can get it anywhere near the zone just based on it being a change-of-pace offering off of the big fastball.
Scott is very much a thrower who will need to continue to work on getting ahead of hitters to become a pitcher who will extend beyond the role of a lefty specialist out of the bullpen. He will need to work ahead more often to get to his secondary stuff, and obviously needs to get the walks down to limit traffic on the base paths. If he can continue to build on his early success this season, he has the raw stuff to be an impact arm in the back-end of the bullpen. Here’s a look at Scott from the 2016 Arizona Fall League, courtesy of 2080s Alec Dopp