Tayler James Scott (born June 1, 1992) is a South African professional baseball pitcher for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles.
He is the first South African baseball pitcher in MLB and NPB history.
Scott was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He moved to the United States when he was 16 to attend high school and play baseball. After moving, he attended Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scott initially committed to play college baseball at Arizona.
He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB draft.
Scott played in the Cubs organization from 2011 through the 2015 season. During his time with them, he played for the AZL Cubs, Boise Hawks, Kane County Cougars, Daytona Cubs, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Tennessee Smokies. He was released by the Cubs on March 30, 2016.
Sioux City Explorers
He signed with the Sioux City Explorers of the independent baseball American Association in April 2016.
On July 6, 2016, Scott signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2016 and 2017, he played for the Biloxi Shuckers while in the Brewers organization.
On July 31, 2017, he was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Jeremy Jeffress. He played for the Round Rock Express in 2017 and 2018 while in the Rangers organization.
Scott became a free agent after the 2018 season, and signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on January 24, 2019. He opened the 2019 season with the Tacoma Rainiers.
Scott was called up to the major leagues for the first time on June 7, 2019. He made his major league debut on June 8, becoming the first South African pitcher in MLB history.
On June 25, 2019, Scott was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. Scott was outrighted off the Orioles roster on October 30, 2019, and became a free agent.
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
On December 1, 2019, Scott signed a one-year contract with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball(NPB).