The Orioles are expected to call up hard-throwing left-hander Tanner Scott this weekend, adding him to the crop of prospects currently on the team’s expanded September roster, according to an industry source.
Armed with a 96-99 mph fastball, the 23-year-old Scott has the best power arm in the Orioles organization. He posted a 2.22 ERA in 69 innings at Double-A Bowie as the club built his innings count with short starts in order to hone his arsenal and make him a consideration to be a starter in the future.
He is expected to have his contract selected and join the club this weekend as the team finishes it’s four-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Scott, the Orioles’ sixth-round draft pick in 2014, averaged 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings this season while lowering his walks total (6.0 per nine innings) from last season (8.0 per nine innings). Though he’s been overpowering, his control is still a concern.
He would join a growing group of Orioles prospects who have joined the club since Sept. 1. The organization’s top two position player prospects – catcher Chance Sisco and outfielder Austin Hays – were both called up earlier this month and have played sparingly. But that could change if the Orioles consider themselves out of contention. They entered Friday 5½ games out of the second American League wild-card spot with 15 games left to play.
Besides a plus fastball, Scott also throws a slider in the high 80s and has begun to develop a changeup that could help in transitioning to a starter role. Scott made 24 starts for Bowie, only two of them more than three innings.
Scott is also scheduled to pitch in the Arizona Fall League for the second straight offseason.
The Orioles would’ve had to have added Scott to their 40-man roster this offseason regardless in order to protect him from December’s Rule 5 draft.
MASNsports.com first reported news of Scott’s call-up.