Triple digits... ok we got that out of the way. Yes, we had to make some phone calls and check, but Scoggins has hit triple digits and has shown a 101 MPH fastball. It's not the norm for him, but he is still has one of the best fastballs in the Angels farm system. Scoggins has been plagued with injuries so we haven't seen his full ability yet, but what we have seen, we like.
Let's knock the fastball out first. Yes, we called old coaches and some scouts and he has hit 101, but he doesn't throw triple digits normally. His fastball sits anywhere from 95-97 normally, which is still great. His fastball has good movement, and is his go-to pitch in almost every count.
His slider is pretty standard, not a lot more to it. It could develop into a decent second pitch but right now, it's just average. He has recently developed a changeup that is already above average, though. It's not necessarily the break of the ball, but the deception instead, as when it comes out of the same arm slot, batters are fooled thinking the ball is coming at them at 96, but instead comes in the low 80's.
Scoggins has good command for a young pitcher with a quick fastball. It's not great, but you can't necessarily expect it to be great yet. Scoggins tends to have worse command in the beginning innings than in the latter, which is something he'll learn to handle with more innings pitched.
Scoggins made a change in his delivery late in his college days that frees up his elbow a little bit, and he's seemed to be able to keep the mechanics of that delivery. He's still learning how to use his legs more and more, but he's learning on a very rapid pace.
Scoggins statistics are... unique. In 2012, his first professional season, Scoggins went off the charts in the strikeout department, striking out 18.1 per nine (no, that's not a typo). However, he earned a lot of runs and had a high WHIP due to his walk count of eight per nine. Scoggins finished the season with a 4.43 earned run average, and 1.672 WHIP.
2013 was a great season of growth for Scoggins. He was moved to a starting role where he saw more batters and made more pitches, helping him learn how to setup hitters at another level. His strikeout count dropped, which happens when you see more advanced hitters, but he still succeeded in Low-A, striking out 10.5 per nine. His growth came in the control and command department, as his walk count was cut nearly in half (4.8 per nine), and it dropped his WHIP considerably to 1.354. Scoggins finished the 2013 season with a 3.46 earned run average, something most pitchers would be very proud of. One big note is that Scoggins allowed just one home run in 65 innings pitched, which averages out to one home run every seven games.
EXPECTED IN THE FUTURE:
It is uncertain as to if Scoggins will stay a starter, or be a bullpen pitcher. Either way, Scoggins has a bright future in the Angels system. He was injured near the end of last season, and hopefully he comes back healthy for Spring Training. Healthy or not, Scoggins should start his 2014 campaign with the Inland Empire 66ers in High-A, just to work on some pitching mechanics and develop his second and third pitches a little more. It wouldn't be surprising if Scoggins saw some minimal time to either fill starts or take a few learning steps in Double-A. He could earn a callup to Double-A as well, but it is more likely that a full season in High-A is in Scoggins future.
As to Scoggins future with the Angels big club, his fastball alone could be a big step towards quick progression and a quick rise to the Major Leagues. 2016, is our best prediction for Scoggins to reach the Majors.
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