How did he get here?: Drafted (14th Round), 2010
Stats: 6'2" 180 lbs, Bats: Left Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 19
Scott was drafted out of Riverside High School in South Carolina, where his coach described him as a five-tool player with room for growth on his frame. He'll be 19 on September 22.
Jordan Scott led the team in hits (44), batting average, OBP, and SLG, so he had a pretty good year. So good, in fact, that we named him the GCL Astros Employee of the Year.
Scott played 26 games in left field, and 13 games in center field - going the whole season without committing an errors, and recording three outfield assists, as well.
What went right?
Hitting the ball. Scott hit a lot of ground balls (56.2% at last count - about a week before the season ended), and his .388 BABIP indicates that a lot of those balls found holes. Pause for chuckling.
Specifically, hitting left-handed pitching. In 31 ABs against lefties, Scott had twelve hits, two for extra-bases, for a .943 OPS. That dropped to .686 in 115 ABs against RHPs.
Road hitting. Scott hit .346/.424/.383 in 22 road games, compared to .246/.306/.354 in 20 home games.
And August happened. Scott opened the season 0x8 in June, then hit .242/.314/.306 in July, and put it all together over the last 20 games of the season, hitting .382/.440/.461 in August. In his last ten games, he hit .385/.442/.513.
What went wrong?
Strikeouts. Scott struck out in an even 20% of his PAs - 21.7% of his ABs against RHP.
"Clutchity." With the bases empty, Scott hit .337/.394/.411. With runners on that dropped to .235/.333/.294 (with a 29.4% K/AB rate), and further to .219/.297.313 w/RISP (and a 37.5% K/AB rate). Was he pressing? Methinks yes.
Given that he fared as well as he did - even with such a high BABIP, he'll grow in to his frame over the off-season, and should be playing in Greeneville next year.