Scott Carroll

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Scott Alexander Carroll

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Scott Carroll made the majors at age 29.

He was 10-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 105 K in 72 IP as a high school senior, winning All-State. He was also all-state in football (20 touchdown passes, 1,802 passing yards). He spent a year at Purdue University then transferred to Missouri State University. He threw for 1,394 yards and nine touchdowns as the school's quarterback in 2005. Switching to baseball, he was 6-4 with a 3.73 ERA as a junior in 2006. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took him in the 16th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He improved to 4-5, 2.93 as a junior. The Cincinnati Reds chose him in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft (the pick was compensation for the loss of Rich Aurilia to the San Francisco Giants); Mike Keenan was the scout.

Making his pro debut with the Billings Mustangs, he was 0-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 2007. In 2008, he was with the Dayton Dragons (1-2, 3.75 in 9 G) and Sarasota Reds (6-5, 3.51 in 14 G), walking only 37 in 130 IP. He missed much of 2009 due to hip surgery, appearing in 9 games for Sarasota (2-2, 2.68 in 7 G) and the Carolina Mudcats (6 R in 5 IP). Returning to action in 2010, he had little run support with the Lynchburg Hillcats (1-2, 2.10 in 5 G) and the Mudcats (3-9, 3.68). He tied Travis Webb for third in the Reds chain in losses, one behind Curtis Partch and Justin Walker. He made it to AAA with the 2011 Louisville Bats, going 7-8 with a 5.39 ERA and .312 opponent average. He was among the 2011 IL leaders in hits allowed (186, 10 ahead of Thad Weber), runs allowed (92, tied for 4th with Andrew Baldwin) and earned runs (87, 5th, between Baldwin and Ryan Feierabend).

Carroll opened 2012 with Louisville, now in relief, but continued to struggle (2-3, 5.90 in 25 G) and was let go. The Chicago White Sox picked him up and he fared better with the Birmingham Barons (1 H, 0 R in 5 IP) and Charlotte Knights (2-3, 3.78 in 9 G). He was 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA in three winter ball starts for the Leones del Caracas but hurt his arm and underwent Tommy John surgery. He thought about quitting baseball but decided to hit the comeback trail. He pitched in 2013 for the Bristol Sox (1.69 ERA in 5 G) and Birmingham (0-2, 4.32 in 6 G). He started 2014 well with Charlotte (3-1, 1.57) and was called up when Chris Sale was hurt.

He was a winner in his major league debut for the Chicago White Sox on April 27, 2014. Backed up by a solid offense, including a homer and 4 RBI by José Abreu, he defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-2, giving up only 1 earned run in 7 1/3 innings.

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