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6/25/1978 (38 y, 9 m, 1 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 21, Overall: 277, Team: Cleveland Indians
$2.8M / 1 Years (2013)
Scott (groin) went 0-for-1 on Sunday as a pinch hitter in his first appearance back for Triple-A Buffalo since returning from the disabled list. (8/2/2015)
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Year in Review:
Despite entering last season as a soon-to-be 31-year-old, 2009 marked Scott's first arb-eligible season – a bit of an oddity considering that he rates above average both as a hitter and outfielder. He and the O's avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $2.4 million. That was a bargain, considering that Scott had been worth $9.1 million in 2008. Though he wasn't quite as valuable in 2009 ($6.8 million), he'll still probably be a value. That said, with Nolan Reimold taking over left field and Felix Pie serving as a capable back-up at any outfield spot, Scott was assigned DH duties in 2009. That's fine, but his .359 wOBA is much less impressive there. Plus, given his 7.6 UZR/150 in 208 career games in left, there's reason to believe that Scott might be most valuable to Baltimore as trade bait.
The Year Ahead:
Scott has netted more than 500 PAs the last two years and is a good bet to do so again. In those seasons, he's posted almost identical slash stats, too: .257/.336/.472 in 2008 and .258/.340/.488 in 2009. It's pretty safe to say at this point that, much like Popeye, Scott yam what he yam. Expect about a .260 batting average with circa 25 home runs and 70 or so RBI. If Scott does end up moving elsewhere via trade, he'll probably take a corner outfield spot. Still, that shouldn't affect his position eligibility much, as Scott logged 26 games in the outfield last year, qualifying him at outfield in almost every possible format. (Carson Cistulli)
Beware the player coming off a career year. Luke Scott had one of them in 2010, which should boost his stock in 2011. In terms of fantasy, though, his only real big bump was in batting average, where he went from the mid-.250s to .284. That did correlate with a rise in BABIP, but it wasn't severe. In other words, it's not out of the question that Scott maintains a higher batting average in 2011. He might also see a bump in runs scored and RBI, even though he didn't in 2011. These are team-dependent stats, and the Orioles were horrible early in the season. But they picked it up in the last two months. If that's a sign of things to come, Scott can be a valuable mid-round pick to fill out an outfield. He might be even more valuable later in the season if the Orioles trade him to a contender. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
Even though he had a career year, Scott only saw a significant bump in his batting average. There are signs that he could again have a decent year at the plate, as the Orioles are an improving team.
By no fault of his own, Scott has been a professional hitter on some really awful teams since debuting in 2005. A bit of a late bloomer, Scott came up as a 27-year-old and hit .268/.354/.503 prior to 2011. However, 2011 was pretty rough on Scott, as he was limited to just 63 games and 236 plate appearances due to right shoulder injuries that ended his season in July. And when Scott played in 2011, he didn't exactly play well either, hitting .220/.301/.402, which was good for a .307 wOBA, by far Luke's lowest as a big league regular. Non-tendered by the Orioles in December, Scott was picked up by the Rays to be their designated hitter, but his worries are not over. He enjoyed home cooking Baltimore to the tune of a .944 OPS (.843 OPS total), and his new home park is not as forgiving to fly ball sluggers. Still, he's a yearly threat to hit 20-25 home runs and if the batting average roulette wheel ends up in the right place, he'll be a great late-round value in deeper leagues. In ottoneu leagues, he's OF-eligible and has a strong platoon split worth taking advantage of on a contender's deep bench. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Tampa is not the best landing spot for Scott and his lefty power (his new home park suppresses lefty home runs by 11%), and his batting average is wildly unpredictable. He could still be valuable late in your deeper league draft.
As it happened with many Rays hitters last season, 2012 didn’t go quite as Luke Scott planned. He was never fully healthy, playing in just 96 games and hitting .229/.285/.439. He even had an 0-41 streak at the plate mixed in at one point. He added 14 home runs but was never able to keep himself on the field long enough to get into any rhythm. His 2013 option was declined and he remains a free agent. Unable to stay healthy for the past two seasons, some team will likely take a shot on him on a spring training invite as Opening Day inches closer. (Erik Hahmann)
The Quick Opinion:
Scott still has thump in his bat, he just needs to be able to stay on the field to show it.
In 2013, injuries once again sabotaged Luke Scott's usefulness. He mustered only 291 plate appearances, and though he hit rather well (.241/.326/.415 with nine homers), his cold finish to the season pushed him to the bench even when he reached full health. His prospects for 2014 were dim, so he went to Korea. Before you look for him to produce for your fantasy team, make sure his even on a North America team. He could maybe have landed a minor league deal and maybe could be back in 2015, but do not be surprised if he decides to thank all his doctors one last time and just call it a career. (
The Quick Opinion:
Luke Scott's three year run of injuries make him a nearly toxic asset for an MLB club, so he'll play in Korea in 2014. Fantasy owners, don't bother with Scott.
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Updated: Sunday, March 26, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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