36-Year-Old Designated Hitter – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Scott was hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2012 season, but injuries limited him to fewer than 100 games for the third year in a row. For a span, from May to July, he was hitting the ball we...
Luke Scott Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $300,000 contract with SK Wyverns of the Korean League in December of 2013.
Scott signed a one-year, $300,000 contract with SK Wyverns of the Korean League, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Scott was brought to the Rays to be the primary designated hitter. He had a hot start to the season before hitting a long slump from May through July, which was followed by an oblique injury that held him out of the lineup until late August. He ended up hitting .229/.285/.439 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI over 96 games. At age 34, his injury history has started to become a hindrance to his performance. He still has solid power and at this point in his career he will probably find himself in the designated hitter spot most often.
Scott, as so often happens for players in their 30s, suffered a devastating combination of decline and injuries in 2011. Scott's batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were his lowest since an 89-plate appearance stint in 2005. With Scott entering his age-34 season this year and coming back from surgery in late August to repair a SLAP tear and posterior tear in his shoulder, it may be another down year for the designated hitter. Still, he could find regular at bats at first base or DH after signing with Tampa Bay and has always hit home runs when healthy.
Scott rewarded owners with 27 home runs in just 447 at-bats last season, and he wasn't that much of a liability hitting left-handers, going .240 with seven home runs in 100 at-bats. With Derrek Lee signed to play first base, Scott should see most of his at-bats from the DH spot. Those power numbers are enough to make us drool, even though he's unlikely to see more playing time this season. For those who require 20 games for position-eligibility, note that he only qualifies as a DH on draft day.
Odds were not on Scott's side to lead the Orioles in home runs, but that's just what he did by hitting 25 in 128 games. He was a hot commodity after playing well in April and soaring in May with eight home runs in 13 games. The unfortunate truth is that May is the only month in which he hit more than .260, so his average is a tough pill to swallow if you are trying to use his power. It looks like he will see the majority of the time as the designated hitter, as well as filling in when needed in the outfield. At the plate, Scott is turning into a smaller version of Adam Dunn who puts the ball into play a little bit more often.
If there is one thing we know about Luke Scott, it is that he is wildly inconsistent. One month, he is a hitting machine, well above .300. The next month he is good to hit under .200. What saves Luke is that he should be good for 20 home runs if he sees enough playing time. His ceiling is probably 30 home runs after hitting 23 in 475 at-bats. Scott lost a lot of playing time due to a near-platoon with Luis Montanez and was lifted in double switches when opponents put a left-hander on the mound. Scott hit just .215 against lefties.
After an impressive 2006 in which he hit .336, Scott was given a chance to be Houston's everyday right fielder in 2007. Not surprisingly, his batting average dropped to .255, but he did show decent pop, hitting 18 homers and 28 doubles, and driving in 64 runs. He'll get a chance to play every day in Baltimore after he was traded there in the Miguel Tejada deal. Scott could be a sleeper for power numbers (think 20-25 homers) if he's able to get 450-500 at-bats for the Orioles.
Scott came on strong after given a chance in the second half last season, hitting .336/.426/.621 with 10 homers, 19 doubles, six triples and 37 RBI in just 214 at-bats. Extrapolate those numbers over a full season, and Scott has about 25 homers, 49 doubles, 15 triples and 95 RBI. While expecting those numbers from Scott may be a leap, he should have a great year as the starting right fielder in Houston.
The Astros twice tried to give Scott a job, and twice he failed to hit enough to keep it. In between, he tore apart the PCL. He's not likely to have a regular role at the start of 2006, especially after the signing of Preston Wilson.
Scott is competing for the final remaining outfield slot for the Astros while Lance Berkman is out. He has a semblance of power, but as a 26-year old who spent 2004 in Double-A, his window of opportunity is incredibly narrow.