- Full name Tayler James Scott
- Born 06/01/1992 in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Notre Dame
- Debut 06/08/2019
Drafted in the 5th round (159th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2011 (signed for $279,950).
View Draft ReportScott, who moved to the United States from South Africa three years ago, did not pitch at any major showcase events last summer, but he's popping up this spring in another down year for Arizona high school talent. He's a good athlete who is also a standout soccer player for Notre Dame Prep. Scott has a projectable 6-foot-2 frame and is committed to Arizona. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, topping out at 93. He flashes an above-average breaking ball at times and he can throw the pitch for strikes, though it's mostly below-average now. Like most high school pitchers, Scott doesn't throw a changeup. He got roughed up during a couple of starts late in the year, but scouts still like his athleticism and projection.
Minor League Top Prospects
Scott's family moved to the United States from South Africa at the beginning of his high school career, so he's relatively inexperienced for a high school pitcher from a warm-weather state. That contributed to the Cubs' decision to keep him in short-season ball during his first full year as a pro. While Scott has a solid three-pitch mix, he's still learning how to command it and miss bats. He creates groundouts with a 90-92 mph sinker, a tight 78-80 mph curveball and a decent changeup. He profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter with the chance to be better because he still has projection remaining in his thin frame. A standout soccer player in high school Scott has outstanding athleticism that helps him repeat his clean delivery. He works quickly, fields his position well and controls the running game.