The Cincinnati Reds have kicked off their winter meetings on Monday afternoon by making a waiver claim. They picked up left-handed reliever Robby Scott from the Boston Red Sox. This move was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Robby Scott is a 29-year-old reliever with limited big league action. Most of his time in the Major Leagues came with the Red Sox in the 2017 season when he threw 35.2 of his 48.1 career innings in the big leagues. That season he posted a 3.79 ERA in 57 appearances with 13 walks and 31 strikeouts to go along with seven home runs allowed.
In 2018, though, he barely pitched for the Red Sox. He made nine appearances and threw just 6.2 innings for Boston and posted an ERA of 8.10. He struggled with his control in a big way, walking five batters and hitting five more, while striking out eight. He was much better in Triple-A in 2018, though. In 48.1 innings over 45 games he posted a 1.86 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 21 walks. He also allowed just one home run.
His splits throughout his career, both in the minors and majors, suggest that he’s a candidate as a loogy. He’s flat out dominated left-handed hitters throughout his career – but had some struggles at times with right handers.
Robby Scott was first brought to the Major Leagues in September of 2016. He was not optioned until the 2017 season. That would mean he should have one option remaining – as he used the first one in 2017 and then a second one in 2018.