Scott McGough

Scott McGough

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
Arizona Diamondbacks
2024 Fantasy Outlook
McGough's first season back in the big leagues since 2015 might be best described as a roller coaster. The right-hander opened the season as one of Arizona's options to close games, but he blew a couple of save chances early on and spent a few months relegated to setup duties. McGough then went on a dominant 17-game streak from mid-May to late-June where he didn't allow an earned run, spanning 22.1 innings. He struck out 32 during the streak and re-entered the mix for saves, picking up 6 over the next several weeks. The 33-year-old followed that up with a 9.58 ERA in July, at which point the D'Backs acquired Paul Sewald to handle closing duties. McGough's splitter and slider both generated 40-plus percent whiff rates, which should keep him pitching late-innings in 2024. Closing is probably off the table, though, unless he steps in for the occasional ancillary save. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2022. Contract includes $4 million mutual option for 2025.
Sent to Reno
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 28, 2024
The Diamondbacks optioned McGough to Triple-A Reno on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Since being called up to Arizona on June 8, McGough has posted an 8.18 ERA and 1.64 WHIP across 11 innings while striking out 10 batters and walking eight. He'll now head back to Triple-A following his poor performance, and Humberto Castellanos will rejoin the D-backs' bullpen as McGough's replacement.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
22
Last 10 Games
26
Last 5 Games
36
How many pitches does Scott McGough generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Scott McGough generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-35%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-42%
BAA vs LHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .182 186 49 23 29 6 0 6
Since 2022vs Right .282 239 57 25 59 18 1 13
2024vs Left .250 47 9 10 9 2 0 0
2024vs Right .288 77 11 8 19 7 1 5
2023vs Left .163 139 40 13 20 4 0 6
2023vs Right .280 162 46 17 40 11 0 8
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-38%
ERA at Home
2022
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.11 1.09 57.0 3 3 2 9.8 3.2 0.9
Since 2022Away 7.36 1.83 40.1 0 7 7 9.8 6.2 2.9
2024Home 4.91 1.42 18.1 1 1 0 8.3 4.9 0.5
2024Away 12.46 2.31 8.2 0 2 0 3.1 8.3 4.2
2023Home 3.72 0.93 38.2 2 2 2 10.5 2.3 1.2
2023Away 5.97 1.71 31.2 0 5 7 11.7 5.7 2.6
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Scott McGough compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.11
 
K/9
6.7
 
BB/9
6.0
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
7.33
 
WHIP
1.70
 
BABIP
.291
 
GB/FB
1.17
 
Left On Base
53.8%
 
Exit Velocity
83.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.2%
 
Spin Rate
2068 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.7%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2016
McGough, now 33, makes his return stateside with Arizona this season after a successful four-year stint in Japan. A fifth-round pick back in 2011, McGough had a cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2015 before ultimately leaving affiliated baseball. He found his niche overseas and transformed into one of Japan's top closers, notching 30-plus saves with sub-2.60 ERAs the past two seasons. The right-hander sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and has recently developed a splitter to complement his heater and slider. The Diamondbacks signed him to a two-year, $6.25 million deal with the hope that he can provide some stability at the back end of a mostly unsettled bullpen. A strong showing in the Cactus League has put McGough as the frontrunner to close in the desert.
McGough spent his time rising through the ranks during the entire 2015 minor league season, where he went from High-A to Triple-A. His progressive success (1.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) through the three leagues led to a September callup to Miami. With the Marlins, he tossed 6.2 innings and was tagged for seven runs in his month with the team. He is a player that was a development project from the start, and he has come along at a fairly good pace throughout his young career. The 26-year-old will be battling to be one of the bullpen arms in 2016, but it is not expected for him to be more than a middle reliever.
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Opening Saturday
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 14, 2024
McGough will serve as Arizona's opening pitcher for Saturday's game against the White Sox, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Allows run as opener
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 10, 2024
McGough recorded two outs as Sunday's opener against the Padres, allowing one run on one hit and no walks while striking out a batter.
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Set to open Sunday's game
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 8, 2024
McGough will serve as the Diamondbacks' opening pitcher for Sunday's game against the Padres, Jesse Friedman of GoPHNX.com reports.
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Back in majors
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
June 8, 2024
The Diamondbacks recalled McGough from Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
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Moved to Triple-A
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
May 7, 2024
McGough was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
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