Mar 28, 2016

Former Mets Relief Pitcher: Scott Atchison (2013)

Scott Barham Atchison, was born March 29th 1976, in Denton, Texas. The six foot two, right hander attended Texas Christian University at Fort Worth, where he was earned four letters & was All Conference twice. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 49th round of the 1998 draft.

He spent seven years in the minor leagues, three at the AAA level with Tacoma. In 2004 he was 5-3 with seven saves, getting a call up to the Mariners.

Atchinson would make his MLB debut on July 31st, finishing up a 9-8 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. On August 5th he earned his first career win, as he pitched two innings at Tampa in a 4-2 over the Rays. In 25 games he was 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 25 games. He played in just six games for Seattle the next year.

After spending 2006 in the minors he signed with the San Francisco Giants where he appeared in 22 games. At the end of the year he refused assignment from the Giants to reports to Fresno & became a free agent.

In 2008 he signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan, pitching there for two seasons. In 2010 he signed as a free agent back in the majors with the Boston Red Sox. He went 2-3 there with 43 appearances in 2010 posting a 4.50 ERA. He played parts of three seasons with Boston, posting a 1.53 ERA in 2012, with a 2-1 record over 42 appearances.

In 2013 he signed with the New York Mets & made the club out of Spring Training at age 37. He made his Mets debut on Opening Day, pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres. He was credited with three holds in April, but a rough outing in Colorado on April 18th, where he allowed three runs, while not recording an out blew his ERA to 4.22. An injury in mid May, held him down until July. He came back going to A ball St. Lucie, then to AA Binghamton.

On July 14th he returned to the Mets & continued to see late relief action. On August 6th, he earned a win against the Rockies, when Juan Lagares broke a 2-2 tie with an 8th inning RBI single. In the next two weeks he went 1-2 , including taking a 10th inning loss against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

In September he recorded five holds & took another 10th inning loss on September 28th, in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. In 51 appearances he was 3-3 with ten holds, posting a 4.37 ERA striking out 28 batters, walking 12 & allowing four HRs in 45.1 innings.

He was granted free agency & signed with the Cleveland Indians in January 2014. He enjoyed success in Cleveland going 6-0 with two saves & a 2.75 ERA in 70 appearances.

In his eight year career he is 16-10 with three saves, 241 strike outs & 85 walks in 327 innings in 275 games.

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