|Intro||American professional baseball relief pitcher|
|Countries||United States of America|
|Birth||29 August 1989 (Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, U.S.A.)|
Robert John Scott (born August 29, 1989) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major league baseball (MLB). Listed at 6' 3", 220 lb., Scott is a switch-hitter and throws left-handed. He was born in Miami, Florida. The Red Sox signed Scott in August 2011 after playing in an independent league. He went undrafted out of Florida State University after transferring from Broward Community College.
Scott throws from a 3/4 arm slot and commands a 93 mph fastball to both corners. His secondary offerings include an 11–5 curveball that works 71–73 mph with long, two-plane break, and a 79–81 mph straight changeup that shows late drop, which is also effective against right-handed hitters.
Minor League career
In 2011, Scott posted a 2–1 record with a 0.75 earned run average and two saves in 13 games for the Yuma Scorpions of the independent North American League before the Red Sox purchased his contract. Overall, he collected 35 strikeouts while giving up only 12 hits and six walks in 24 innings pitched, including 19 strikeouts over 11 scoreless innings for Yuma. Al Nipper, a former Red Sox pitcher, scouted Scott for Boston.
Scott made a quick progression to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs since spending the entire 2012 season with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. After jumping directly from the GCL to High-A Salem Red Sox to begin the 2013 season, Scott put together a solid campaign to put himself on the map, going 4–4 with a 2.79 ERA and two saves. In 2014 he moved up to Portland, where he posted solid numbers, going 8–2 with a 1.96 ERA and two saves, while recording a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.40 (51-to-15) in 59⅔ innings. During that season, he was selected to the Eastern League All-Star game and late in the year pitched for the AFL Surprise Saguaros.
Scott appeared in 27 games (including two starts) between Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox through July 10, 2015, compiling a 2–1 record with a 2.09 ERA while striking out 49 in 51⅔ innings. After that, he earned his second consecutive trip to the Eastern League All-Star Game and was moved to Pawtucket for the third time in the season following the All-Star break. Overall, Scott went 2–2 with a 4.42 ERA and one save in 75⅓ innings of work.
Scott made six starts and 26 relief appearances for Pawtucket in 2016. He went 4-3 with a 2.54 ERA, striking out 73 with 14 walks in 78 innings, and held left-handed hitters to a .147 average (14-for-95), .206 on-base percentage and .253 slugging percentage. Scott received the PawSox Most Valuable Pitcher Award.
Major League career
At the end of the 2016 season, the Red Sox added Scott to their 40-man roster. He was added to the active roster and made his major league debut on September 2, against the Oakland Athletics, striking out two batters. Overall, Scott went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, striking out 5 and walking 2 in six innings. He was not on the postseason roster.
Scott is heavily involved in community service. With Pawtucket in 2016, he was the recipient of the Sullivan Tire Spirit Award, which is given to a player who devotes their free time to helping those in the community.