I’ve been covering this league since November of 2006. One would think that I’ve got it together, right? I shouldn’t be surprised by anything. All my lists are complete, and I’m on the front lines of disseminating information.
Then along come Brilliant Reader Mark Pifer, who sends a message telling me that Robby Scott has made his major league debut. Robby who? I thought. My lists of professional baseball players who played in the Valley League do not include Robby Scott.
Well, after some frantic research, of course Mr. Pifer is correct, and corrections have been made, and really, this is a pleasant surprise, isn’t it?
So here we go!
Robby Scott, a student at Florida State, played in Covington in 2010. After being undrafted in 2011, he signed with Yuma, an independent league team in the North American League. After striking out 19 batters in only 11 innings, the Red Sox swooped in and signed Robby to a free agent deal and assigned him to the Gulf Coast League, where he struck out 11 more batters in 7 1/3 innings.
In 2012, Robby returned to the GCL, and went 0-0, 0.44, with 23 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. He moved up to Salem of the Carolina League in 2013, and had his first “full” season, 67 2/3 innings, and went 4-4, 2.79, with 44 strikeouts.
He spent 2014 and part of 2015 in Portland of the Double-A Eastern League, and the latter part of ’15 in Triple-A Pawtucket. He was assigned back to Pawtucket this spring, and after going 4-3, 2.54, with 73 strikeouts in 78 innings, he was called up to the big leagues. (Overall in the minor leagues, Robby went 19-12, 2.75, with a 1.111 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, and 7.9 K/9 in 314 innings.
He made his major league debut on September 2nd at Oakland, and pitched a shutout inning while allowing one hit, and striking out two.
Robby joins Tyler White (Haymarket 2010), Chris Devenski (Woodstock 2011), Ashur Tolliver (Harrisonburg 2007), Ryan Schimpf (Luray 2008), Alex Wimmers (Luray 2008), and Stephen Cardullo (Covington 2007). Seven in one year may be a record!
Congratulations, Robby! May your major league career be a long one.