The Baltimore Orioles roster will expand even more as left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott will reportedly join the club this weekend during the Orioles-Yankees series.
The Baltimore Orioles schedule is entering the final weeks of the 2017 season and their playoff hopes are all but gone. As a result, the Baltimore Orioles will reportedly add pitching prospect, Tanner Scott this weekend, per Roch Kubatko from MASNsports.com.
Scott, 23, was selected by the Orioles in round six of the 2014 MLB June Amateur draft out of Howard College in Big Spring, Tx. The southpaw made eight starts in his first professional baseball season in the Gulf Coast League with a balmy 6.26 ERA.
The following two seasons, Scott transformed into a reliever and it seemed to be the solution in 2015 when he pitched 42.1 innings with a combined 3.83 ERA with the Aberdeen Ironbirds and Delmarva Shorebirds.
After a frustrating 2016, Scott returned in 2017 as a starting pitcher and hasn’t looked back. However, the Orioles cautiously inserted Scott into the starting rotation this season in Double-A Bowie, working just three innings per start. In 24 starts, Scott went 0-2 with a career-best 2.22 ERA.
According to MLBPipeline.com, Scott is the No. 6 ranked prospect in the Orioles organization behind outfielder Cedric Mullins, southpaw pitcher D.L. Hall, shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, outfielder Austin Hays and the No. 1 prospect catcher Chance Sisco.
In his pitch arsenal, Scott delivers a four-seam fastball that consistently reaches 100 miles per hour, along with a low 90s slider. Despite appearing in games as a starter in 2017, Scott likely will join the Orioles bullpen.
His work isn’t done yet in 2017 either as Scott will participate in the 2017 Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters, joining Orioles top prospects Keegan Akin, Andrew Faulkner, Ryan Mountcastle, and Steve Wilkerson.
With the Baltimore Orioles 5.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the final American League Wild Card playoff spot, the time is now for Buck Showalter to give his prospects some experience at the major league level.