2010 14th Round draftee Jordan Scott took the time out of his Instructional League schedule to answer some questions for Astros County, and for you.
AC: You were selected in the 14th Round of the 2010 draft. Can you talk about your draft experience, and what your options were before you signed?
JS: For the most part it has been a great experience. It was pretty tough at first not really knowing what to expect and not knowing anyone when I got down here. It took me about three weeks before I was comfortable with everything. I planed to attend Spartanburg Methodist Jr. College after highs school.
AC: Mark Kish, your high school coach in South Carolina, described you as a five-tool player and, to be honest, we were surprised you decided to sign with the Astros. What was it about Houston's system that led you to going with the Astros.
JS: This has been my dream my whole life - to play professional baseball - and I felt like signing with the Astros was the best thing for me. The Astros do a very good job of developing players and getting you ready for the higher levels. Another reason I signed is because you’re not guaranteed to get drafted again and I didn’t want to look back and wished I signed, so I signed and I am going to make the best of my opportunity.
AC: Can you talk a little bit about playing in the GCL? What are the similarities and differences you encountered in your first professional season from your experiences in high school?
JS: It was a totally different experience from high school. You wake up at six in the morning and don’t get home until about five, all day is baseball. The GCL is the foundation to your major league career. There is a lot of work involved and it is definitely not what you dream about when you’re a little boy, but it is something you have to do in order to move up in the system. In high school you practiced maybe two hours a day and it wasn’t all that serious. It was a lot more about having fun.
AC: We typically see hitters fare much better on the road than at home, and this held up with your 2010 (.659 OPS at home, .807 on the road). What is it about that stadium that makes that more common?
JS: I really don’t know why it was so much better on the road than at home. I prepared the same way on the road as I did at home.
AC: You had a lights-out August (.380/.440/.461), improving dramatically over July (.242/.314/.306). What clicked for you in August?
JS: I was struggling a lot at the beginning of the season and I just worked a lot with my hitting coach to try to get me back on the right track. I also just got a lot of confidence towards the end of the season and that was a huge thing.
AC: What are your plans for this off-season, as you prepare for 2011?
JS: My plans are to just improve my overall game and work out and get stronger so I am ready for the 2011 season.
Big thanks to Jordan for his time, and we'll try to check in with him later in the off-season.