Baby Birdland's Preseason Top 15 Prospects List: #4 LHP Tanner Scott

Today we continue on with our unveiling of our Preseason Top 15 O's Prospects list and we have arrived at #4, left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott.

Photo: Patrick Cavey

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise to see Scott in our top four, as the 23-year old got a late-season callup in 2017 and while it wasn't what he would have liked it to be, he did show fans the fastball that we have all heard about.

Scott, who was drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Howard Junior College, owns a fastball that is graded at the top of the scale (80). He gets the top grade because the lefty routinely hits triple-digits on the radar gun. Given stadium radar guns are not always the most accurate, I've seen Scott hit 102 mph in person.

There are two issues with Scott though, with the most important being his command. Scott has issues with walks. Over 69 innings pitched in 2017 with the AA Bowie Baysox, Scott walked 46 batters and gave up 45 hits. It's not often you see more walks than hits allowed. It has been an issue, but the Orioles have been trying to simply his windup in hopes of helping his fastball command.

The second issue is that his secondary pitches need work as well. His slider can be great at times, which we saw from him when he dominated in the Arizona League's Fall Stars Game a few months ago. We saw the O's make Scott a starter in 2017, where he worked no more than three innings in a start, just so he could work on his secondary pitches more often in game action.

Obviously, with a fastball like he has, strikeouts are likely to come in bunches and that is certainly the case for Scott. Over his 69 innings with the Baysox in 2017, Scott struck out 87 batters! Over parts of five minor league seasons, Scott has struck out 251 batters over 198.2 innings pitched to give him a career average of more than one strikeout per inning.

The fastball is the highlight and while the Orioles will continue to have Scott make starts in 2018, his future is very likely to be as a late-inning reliever. If he can get his slider to be a little more consistent and improve his command of that awesome fastball, we could very likely be looking at a future closer for the Orioles.

This year, we had all the writers here at Baby Birdland, as well as Patrick Cavey (our primary photo supplier) and a member of an O's affiliate's front office, who would like to remain anonymous. Each of us submitted our own Top 15 prospects list, and the lists were then combined into one using the average finish for each prospect. All told, 26 different prospects appeared on at least one of the Top 15 lists submitted. Of the six lists, Scott appeared on all six of them and was ranked as high as fourth.

Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to unveil our Preseason Top 15 Prospects list and check out those that have been revealed thus far on our Top 15 Prospects page!


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