Friday's starting pitcher, right-hander Tayler Scott, grew up as a standout soccer forward in Johannesburg, South Africa. He came to the United States at 16, two years after he caught the attention of noted pitching instructor Tom House at a baseball camp in America.
"It was just a recreational thing [before then]," Scott said. "I'd say I started playing real baseball when I came here to America at 16 or so."
The Cubs drafted Scott out of Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the fifth round in 2011. Leading the rotation alongside 2012 first-round pick Pierce Johnson – who started Thursday's game – Johnson went 5-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 15 starts for Short-A Boise last season, helping the Hawks advance to the Northwest League championship series.
Friday marked Scott's Midwest League debut – and his first start in cold weather – and you really couldn't tell. He took a no-decision, scattering an unearned run, four hits and six strikeouts
"It was always pretty warm [in Boise]," Scott said. "We got there in June, so it was the middle of summer, so we always had warm days."
– Kevin Druley, email@example.com