Scott Atchison
Atchison (center) with the Mets in 2013
Pitcher / Coach
Born: (1976-03-29) March 29, 1976 (age 45)
Denton, Texas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 31, 2004, for the Seattle Mariners
NPB: 2008, for the Hanshin Tigers
Last appearance
NPB: 2009, for the Hanshin Tigers
MLB: June 22, 2015, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record17–11
Earned run average3.63
Strikeouts253
NPB statistics
Win–loss record12–9
Earned run average2.77
Strikeouts166
Teams
As player

As coach

Scott Barham Atchison (born March 29, 1976) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He graduated from McCullough High School in The Woodlands and received his degree in general studies from Texas Christian University. He previously played in MLB for the Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Indians, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hanshin Tigers. Atchison served as the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Amateur career

Atchison was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 36th round of the 1994 amateur draft, but chose to attend Texas Christian University. In 1996, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1]

Professional career

Seattle Mariners

He was drafted again by the Mariners in the 49th round of the 1998 amateur draft, and signed with the team in May 1999. He spent five years playing for minor league affiliates of the Mariners and made his debut in the Majors on July 31, 2004. He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons splitting his time between the Mariners and the Mariners' minor league affiliates, appearing in 31 games over two years. In 2006, he played the entire season in the minors.

San Francisco Giants

In 2007, he signed with the San Francisco Giants and appeared in 22 games. At the end of the season, he refused an assignment from the Giants to the Fresno Grizzlies, and became a free agent.[2]

Hanshin Tigers

Atchison pitching for the Hanshin Tigers in 2008
Atchison pitching for the Hanshin Tigers in 2008

He signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on December 7, 2007, but was released and signed a contract with the NPB's Hanshin Tigers on December 20.[3] In January 2008, it was announced that the Red Sox had sold Atchison's contract to the Hanshin Tigers.[4]

Boston Red Sox

On December 7, 2009, Atchison signed a one-year, incentive laden contract with the Red Sox.[5] Atchison was recalled by the Red Sox on May 5, 2011. On May 20, 2011, Atchison notched his 1st ever career save against the Cubs. On July 15, 2012, the Red Sox placed him on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, retroactive to July 14.[6] On August 16 he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make roster space for newly acquired pitcher, Pedro Beato.[7] Atchison returned to the active roster on September 12.[8]

On November 30, 2012, Atchison was non-tendered, and became a free agent.[9]

New York Mets

On January 29, 2013, Atchison signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[10] On June 18, 2013, Atchison was activated from the disabled list to help out the bullpen.[11] He became a free agent on December 2, 2013, after being non-tendered.[12][13]

Cleveland Indians

Atchison signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians on January 6, 2014.[14] He signed a one-year extension with a team option on August 19, 2014.[15]

With the Indians in 2014, Atchison finished 6-0 with a 2.75 ERA. He pitched in 70 games.

Atchison was designated for assignment on June 23, 2015.[16] He was released by the Indians on June 28, 2015.[17]

Minnesota Twins

On July 4, 2015, Atchison signed a minor league deal with the Twins.[18] He was released on July 15, 2015.

Coaching career

After serving for two years as the Cleveland Indians' advance scout coordinator, Atchison was hired by the Indians as their bullpen coach on November 2, 2017.[19]

Atchison was fired by the Indians on October 2, 2019.[20]

Pitching style

Atchison threw a four-seam fastball in the 90-94 mph range, a slider in the mid-high 80's, and a curveball in the high 70's. On very rare occasions, a changeup to left-handed hitters.[21]

Personal life

Atchison is married to Sarah.[22] Their daughter Callie was born on October 23, 2007[23] with TAR syndrome.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Twins, Rays in 6-player trade". San Francisco Chronicle. November 29, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Tigers acquire veteran Atchison". December 20, 2007. Retrieved August 20, 2014.[dead link]
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Alden; Browne, Ian (December 7, 2009). "Red Sox ink one-year deal with Atchison". MLB.com. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Red Sox add right-hander Scott Atchison". Boston Globe. Associated Press. December 7, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Red Sox activate RHP Scott Atchison from 60-day DL". MLB.com. September 12, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Red Sox acquire right-handed pitcher Pedro Beato from the New York Mets to complete the Kelly Shoppach trade". MLB.com. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Morais, Didier (September 12, 2012). "Red Sox Shut Down Franklin Morales After Big Season, Activate Scott Atchison". NESN. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ Browne, Ian (November 30, 2012). "Red Sox non-tender Sweeney, Atchison, Hill". MLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Abraham, Peter (January 29, 2013). "Mets sign ex-Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  11. ^ "Mets Place Infielder Justin Turner On DL, Activate Reliever Scott Atchison". CBS News New York. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Ackert, Kristie (December 2, 2013). "Mets non-tender Scott Atchison, Omar Quintanilla; others could follow before deadline". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  13. ^ DiComo, Anthony (December 2, 2013). "Mets non-tender Valdespin, Turner, Hefner". MLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Bastian, Jordan (January 6, 2014). "Tribe inks Atchison, Francoeur to Minors pacts". MLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  15. ^ Bastian, Jordan (August 19, 2014). "Indians bringing back Atchison in 2015". MLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  16. ^ Bastian, Jordan (June 23, 2015). "Indians designate Atchison, recall Adams". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  17. ^ "Indians promote RHP Toru Murata from Columbus". Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  18. ^ "The Twins signed Scott Atchison to a minor league deal". July 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "Indians name Scott Atchison bullpen coach". Indians.com. November 2, 2017.
  20. ^ Hoynes, Paul (October 2, 2019). "Cleveland Indians quick hits: Corey Kluber's option exercised, Scott Atchison fired and more". Cleveland.com.
  21. ^ "Player Card: Scott Atchison". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  22. ^ Drellich, Evan (November 23, 2011). "Family the focus for Red Sox reliever Atchison". MLB.com. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  23. ^ "McCullough grad Scott Atchison still fighting for MLB spot". ASP Westward. Associated Press. March 6, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  24. ^ Ackert, Kristie (April 13, 2013). "NY Mets pitcher Scott Atchison's daughter, Callie, battles rare genetic disorder, an inspiration to Atchison". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Cleveland Indians bullpen coach
2018 – 2019
Succeeded by