Scott McDonald

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Scott Philip McDonald

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.

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Scott McDonald was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the inaugural 1965 amateur draft with the 15th overall pick. He was the fourth pitcher ever drafted, following Les Rohr, Joe Coleman and Rick James. Originally a pitcher, he spent his first two pro seasons with the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. He had a 3-1, 4.50 record in 1965 and allowed six hits and five runs (3 earned) in one inning in 1966 (going 0-1). He had gone 6 for 14 with a double, triple and a home run as a batter over those two seasons.

In 1967, he was moved to first base, and he played four more years in the minors. He hit .270/.380/.428 for the '67 Aberdeen Pheasants and fielded .993 at his new position. In 1968, he was with Aberdeen (.299/.347/.416 in 37 G, .989 FLD) and the Stockton Ports (.265/.376/.345 in 32 G, .994 FLD). With Stockton in 1969, he improved to .297/.371/.469 while fielding .987. Had he qualified, he would have been 9th in the California League in average. He peaked at AA with the 1970 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs, producing at a .236/.314/.362 clip. His .994 fielding percentage led Texas League first basemen and his 9 sacrifice flies were one shy of the TL lead, but his OPS was not enough for a first baseman and his career came to an end.