Courtesy Sioux City Explorers Media Relations
Sioux City, Iowa – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that the Milwaukee Brewers have purchased the contract of Explorers RHP Taylor Scott. Scott will report to the Biloxi Shuckers (Double-A) of the Southern League.
Scott was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Notre Dame Prep High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.). A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Scott got his first taste of professional baseball in 2011 playing at the rookie level in the Arizona League. Scott was impressive in 2012 pitching for the Cubs’ affiliate in Boise where he made 15 starts on the mound, tossing 71.1 innings, allowing just 66 hits while accumulating 43 strikeouts and owning a 2.52 ERA to go along with his 5-1 record. Following the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked Scott as the Northwest League’s #17 prospect.
Scott continued rising through the Cubs system making 24 starts at the class A level in 2013 and making 26 more starts in 2014 for the Advanced-A Daytona Cubs. The 6’3 right-hander moved to the bullpen last season and in 11 games with Myrtle Beach he posted a 2-2 record with a miniscule 1.96 ERA while striking out 27 to just 6 walks with 2 saves. Scott owned the Carolina League’s fifth-lowest opponent batting average against at .197 and third most strikeouts per nine innings pitched at a 9.90 average. For his efforts, Scott was promoted to the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and finished the season there appearing in 15 games out of the bullpen while owning a 4-1 record with a save in 31 innings pitched.
In seventeen games with the Explorers this season, Scott has posted a 1.88 earned run average while recording 32 strikeouts and only six walks in 28.2 innings pitched.