Reid Scoggins took himself and his triple digit fastball to the rotation this year. Did the gamble pay off?
Position: RHP Highest Level: Low-A
Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'3" Weight: 210
Age: 23 Born: 7/18/90
2013 Rank: #29
2013 Season Stats
Low-A: 65.0 IP, 1-4, 3.46 ERA, 53 H, 35 BB, 1 HR, 76 SO, 2.82 FIP, .317 BABIP, 52.1 GB%
Fastball = A
Scoggins was dialing it up to and over 100 mph last season.....as a starter! Granted, most of the time he sat 96-98, but holy cow! Much like the aforementioned Austin Wood, Scoggins' fastball will play in either a starting or relief role.
Offspeed Pitches = C
Scoggins showed great development last season. In Rookie Ball, his slider was more of a "get me over" type of pitch just to show hitters something different. In A Ball, it turned into a legitimate weapon as he tightened the spin on the pitch. I wouldn't grade it out as "plus" just yet but it's certainly good to have in his arsenal. Scoggins also showed a changeup/hard sinker/cutter last year. I honestly couldn't tell what it was, but what I could tell is that he wasn't completely lost throwing the pitch, which bodes well for his future as a starter.
Control = D+
Scoggins managed to cut his BB/9 almost in half last season as a starter. Granted it was at an unsustainably high 8.0 in Rookie Ball and now is simply an unsightly 4.8, but the thing to take away from all of this is that he's learning.
Command = C
Scoggins again showed moderate improvement in this area. When he was able to get the ball over the plate, he seemed to avoid putting the ball right down broadway and instead sat on the corners and kept the ball low as often as he could. Could you imagine that? 100 mph fastball at the knees painted on the corner.
Mechanics = B
An important thing to consider is that this was Scoggins' first year as a starting pitcher. Even in junior college, he was a reliever, and as I've come to understand his mechanics needed a lot of help back then. He's come a long way. In fact, had I not known he was transitioning to starter, I never would have guessed it was his first year.