Scherzer’s First Start Is Washed Out

Unsigned 2006 first-round pick Max Scherzer was supposed to make his pro debut with the independent Fort Worth Cats of the American Association tonight in an exhibition game at Baylor, but heavy rains in Waco have led to the game’s cancellation.

Scherzer’s first start now will be in an exhibition game in Fort Worth against the Shreveport Sports this Friday, May 4. Scherzer’s pitch count will be limited on Friday so that he can go again on May 7 in another exhibition and then resume the schedule that had already been set out for him–with his first regular season start coming in Fort Worth on May 12.

Fort Worth manager Stan Hough has now had a chance to see Scherzer’s stuff in a bullpen session. As you would expect, he’s been impressed; the only problem had been getting Scherzer to take it slow as spring training warms up.

“He’s got a strong arm. He’s got a very strong arm. He’s a high energy guy. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a game,” Stan Hough said. “He’s been going through all our drills hard. We’re trying to back him off a little bit.”