Ryan Scott has been around the block a few times in his six years in the minors. The LA Angels prospect was promoted from Single-A Inland Empire recently to Triple-A Salt Lake City. So far, so good…
The LA Angels do not have a lot of options at catcher in the minor leagues which explains how Scott despite hitting .130 with the 66ers was promoted two levels. However, Scott has been on a roll as of late. His last week in Inland Empire Scott hit four homers and drove in 10 runs. Since arriving in Triple-A Salt Lake, Scott has been hitting there too. He has a .364 batting average with three RBIs going 8 for 22 in six games for the Bees.
The move was precipitated by the Angels calling up Dustin Garneau to the majors from Salt Lake 10 days ago. Scott has been in Triple-A once before for four games in 2017 while he was part of the Seattle Mariners organization. Scott is known as a good pitch-caller and a defensive whiz which is what the Angels have always been in favor of over offense.
Scott was originally drafted out of Notre Dame High School in Scottsdale, Arizona by the Dodgers in the 30th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. The Angels signed him to a minor league contract this February and assigned him to Inland Empire.
Scott’s goal has always been to reach the major leagues and when I talked to him in early June he was hopeful for another shot at Triple-A which has come to fruition.
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“That’s always been the goal to get to the major leagues. I have been doing this for six years,” Scott said. “I go out every day and try to get better to reach that goal. I can’t control anything above me, so everything I got to do is centered around what I have to do day in and day out to get myself better. I just want the chance to show what I can do and get to the majors.”
Scott knows the long road very well as he has played in every level of the minors multiple times now and he is still hoping for that dream of getting to the majors. Scott said it would mean to world to him to get another shot to get a chance to get promoted.
“That would be awesome, that’s what I’m trying to do. Obviously I love it here, I love my teammates, but the goal is to get to the major leagues,” Scott said. “Step-by-step however I can do it is the path I’m going to take in order to reach my goal.”
With the Angels being thin at catcher throughout their minor league system Scott may get the opportunity sooner than he thinks.