Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Scott Ruffcorn

What a waste of a draft pick. No offense Scott, but how do you put in 5 years in the majors and not win a game? To be fair, the 1991 draft was lousy by the time the White Sox had their first pick. Unbeknownst to every team, but knownst to me in hindsight, the real gems were in the eighth round for pitching. Jason Schmidt, Brad Radke, Derek Lowe and Steve Trachsel were all in the eighth round.

Hell, even Nomar Garciaparra was drafted 130th that year. But the Sox didn't need a shortstop, they needed pitching. They could've had Jon Lieber, who was taken in the ninth round or Dustin Hermanson, who was taken in the 39th round. Jason Isringhausen was even available until the 44th round. The point is, the White Sox had options still available.

Scott made his debut on June 19, 1993 against the Angels. He gave up 5 earned runs, 6 walks, 4 hits and struck no one out. He lost. Scott went 0-2 in 3 games in 1993. In 1994, he went 0-2 in 2 games. In 1995, he broke even at 0-0 in 4 games. In 1996, Scott went 0-1 in 3 games. I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

In January 1997, the White Sox saw an opportunity to pawn Scott off to another team. They accepted cash for Scott's trade to Philadelphia. Scott saw his fortunes start to turn around. He played in 18 games for the Phillies in 1997. But the results were sadly the same. Scot went 0-3 in 18 games that year. At the end of the season, the Phillies released Scott. He finished his major league career 0-8 over 5 years.

In 2007, Scott is coaching at St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, where one of the head coaches is Keith Moreland of Phillies and Cubs fame.

1 comment:

Rocco said...

looks like ruffcorn took his Topps photo during a break at his Junior Prom.

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