ROB SCAHILL, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 15, 1987
Drafted: 8th round, 241st overall, 2009 (Rockies)
How Acquired: Trade with Rockies (for Shane Carle)
College: Bradley University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Scahill is a hard-throwing RHP who made the move from starting to relief after his first year in AAA. His fastball averages 93-94, topping out at 97-98 in 2013 but 96 in other years. He throws a lot of sliders and occasionally a change. He’s allowed a .330 average to left-handed batters in the majors, possibly an indication that he needs a better change. He’s been an extreme groundball pitcher in the minors, a little less so in the majors. The Pirates acquired him for Shane Carle after Colorado designated him for assignment.
Scahill had a solid debut, making 15 starts in the Northwest League. He allowed only two HRs in 63 innings.
The Rockies jumped Scahill up to the California League and he pitched respectably, given the high-offense nature of the league. He had a 3.41 ERA in his last 14 starts. Baseball America ranked him as the Rockies’ 15th best prospect after the season.
Scahill pitched respectably in AA, although the bottom dropped out of his K rate.
Scahill struggled for most of the year in AAA, probably not helped by pitching at Colorado Springs in the Pacific Coast League. He had trouble with walks, although he did fan over a batter an inning. Scahill started pitching better late in the year and the Rockies called him up a week into September. He pitched in relief in the majors.
The Rockies moved Scahill full-time to the bullpen and called him up on four occasions. He pitched in 23 games at each spot. His numbers in the majors took a hit in his last five outings when he allowed eight runs in fewer than eight innings.
Scahill spent most of the season in AAA, coming up briefly in June and July, then spending September with the Rockies. He pitched reasonably well in AAA, but struggled in the majors, especially with his control. Colorado designated him for assignment after the season and traded him to the Pirates.
As a hard-throwing reliever with groundball tendencies, Scahill fit the Pirates’ preferences. Scahill had a good spring and was optioned to AAA near the end of March. He was recalled before the season even started, though, when Charlie Morton went on the disabled list. That Scahill and not John Holdzkom was recalled was surprising, but Clint Hurdle said that the Pirates regarded Scahill as a multi-inning reliever, a role they apparently did not consider Holdzkom suited for. (Holdzkom ended up struggling with injuries and control problems all year anyway.) Scahill put up a 2.08 ERA through late June, but really didn’t pitch very well, as he had a 1.50 WHIP and control problems. At that point, he went on the disabled list with forearm pain. He returned in time to go on a minor league rehab, but didn’t pitch well in half a dozen AAA outings. The Pirates called him up for September anyway. He pitched poorly in four outings, mainly mop up roles. Scahill still finished the season with a good ERA, but his xFIP of 4.15 more accurately reflected his pitching. He had a very high groundball rate of 61.6%, but he didn’t throw strikes or miss bats. Opponents got on base at a .355 clip.
Scahill hasn’t been a dominant pitcher at any level; he’s had more hits allowed than innings pitched every year other than his pro debut and hasn’t fanned many hitters in his major league trials, especially not for a reliever. The Pirates like him, though, due to his velocity and the groundballs. He has an option left and they sent him to AAA to start the season.
|Signing Bonus: $110,000
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: 9/11/2012
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2021
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 7/7/2013
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2013, 2014)
MLB Service Time: 1.147
|June 5, 2008: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 48th round, 1448th overall pick.
June 9, 2009: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 8th round, 241st overall pick; signed on June 16th.
September 5, 2012: Contract purchased by the Colorado Rockies.
November 3, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies.
November 11, 2014: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Shane Carle.