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Scott Logan Verrett (born June 19, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Texas Rangers in 2015 and has also played for the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles. Prior to playing professionally, he played for Calallen High School and Baylor University.

Logan Verrett
Logan Verrett on April 27, 2016.jpg
Verrett with the Mets in 2016
Oakland Athletics
Pitcher
Born: (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 29)
The Woodlands, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 8, 2015, for the Texas Rangers
KBO: March 25, 2018, for the NC Dinos
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record6–10
Earned run average4.62
Strikeouts114
WHIP1.37
KBO statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record6–10
Earned run average5.28
Strikeouts144
Teams

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Amateur careerEdit

Verrett spent his early years in The Woodlands, Texas, where he played Little League Baseball as an infielder. Before he began high school, his family moved to Corpus Christi, and he played for Calallen High School's varsity baseball team as a pitcher. In 2008, his senior year, he became the staff's ace pitcher, recording an 18–0 win–loss record, a 0.67 earned run average (ERA), 167 strikeouts, and 12 complete games. He also had a .455 batting average, seven home runs, and 33 runs batted in on the year.[1][2] With a 42–1 win–loss record, his team went on to win the Texas Class 4A state championship.[1] That year, he was named the All-South Texas Most Valuable Player and the Class 4A Player of the Year by the Texas Sports Writers Association.[2]

Verrett enrolled at Baylor University to play college baseball for the Baylor Bears baseball team. As a relief pitcher in his freshman year, he recorded seven wins and a save in his first eight appearances, and served as the team's closer. He moved into the team's starting rotation as a sophomore, and finished the year with a 5–3 win–loss record, a 3.28 ERA, and 97 strikeouts in ​90 23 innings pitched.[1] As a junior, Verrett compiled a 7–6 win–loss record, a 2.93 ERA, 96 strikeouts in ​101 13 innings pitched, and had two complete games.[2]

Professional careerEdit

New York MetsEdit

 
Verrett pitching against the Cincinnati Reds on June 28, 2015.

The New York Mets selected Verrett in the third round, with the 101st overall selection, of the 2011 MLB Draft. Verrett signed with the Mets, receiving a $425,000 signing bonus.[2][3] He signed just before the August signing deadline, and did not make his professional debut until 2012, when he began the season with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League. During the season, he received a promotion to the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in July. Between the two levels, he finished the year with a 5–2 win–loss record, a 2.70 ERA, and 93 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched, despite missing two months due to a strained rotator cuff. He was named the South Texas Professional Player of the Year by the Corpus Christi Hooks, who play in the Class AA Texas League.[4][5]

Verrett pitched for the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League in 2013, finishing the season with a 12–6 win–loss record, a 4.25 ERA, a 1.144 walks plus hits per innings pitched ratio and 146 strikeouts in 24 games started. The Mets invited Verrett to spring training in 2014 as a non-roster player.[6] He pitched for the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in 2014,[7] where he had an 11–5 record and a 4.33 ERA in 28 games.[8]

Texas RangersEdit

During the 2014 Winter Meetings, the Baltimore Orioles selected Verrett from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft. After competing for a spot on the Orioles' Opening Day roster in spring training in 2015, the Orioles waived Verrett with the hopes of him going unclaimed so that they could work out a trade with the Mets, allowing them to keep Verrett. Instead, he was claimed on waivers by the Texas Rangers.[8] Verrett made the Rangers' Opening Day roster.[9] He made four appearances with the Rangers, pitching to a 6.00 ERA in nine innings,[10] before he was designated for assignment by the Rangers on April 24.[11]

With the Rangers, he finished 0-1, 6.00 ERA in 4 games pitching 9 innings with a WHIP of 1.667 while giving up 11 hits, 7 runs (6 of them earned), 1 home run, and 4 walks and striking out 3 batters.

Return to the MetsEdit

The Rangers returned Verrett to the Mets on May 4, 2015, and assigned to Las Vegas.[12] After Verrett pitched to a 2–0 win–loss record and a 3.00 ERA in 11 appearances, four of which were starts, the Mets promoted Verrett to the major leagues on June 18.[13] Verrett pitched to a 0.73 ERA with 12 strikeouts in ​12 13 innings before the Mets optioned him to Las Vegas due to the activation of Jenrry Mejía from the suspended list on July 7.[14] The Mets promoted Verrett to the major leagues on August 18, when Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list.[15] In his first major league start in place of Matt Harvey, Verrett pitched eight innings, striking out eight and giving up one run in his first career win against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field with the Mets winning 5–1.[16] Verrett finished the 2015 season with a 1–1 record and 3.03 ERA in ​38 23 innings pitched.

 
Verrett with the New York Mets in 2015

Verrett made the Mets' roster for Opening Day in 2016.[17] On April 13, 2016, Verrett made his first start of the season and second of his career against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field in place of Jacob deGrom. Verrett pitched six scoreless innings, and received a no decision.[18]

On April 19, 2016, he made his second start of the year against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He once again pitched six scoreless innings just allowing six hits, one walk and striking out four for his first win of the season.[19] The Mets would go on to win 11–1. In his first two starts, he hasn't allowed a run while striking out ten in twelve innings.[20] Verrett also recorded his first major league hit, a double on 1–0 pitch from the opposing pitcher Vincent Velasquez to lead off the fifth inning.[21]

Baltimore OriolesEdit

The Mets traded Verrett to the Baltimore Orioles on November 30, 2016, for cash considerations.[22] He made his Orioles debut on April 30, pitching 2 scoreless innings and getting the win. He elected free agency on September 30, 2017.

NC DinosEdit

On November 18, 2017, Verrett signed a one-year contract worth $800,000 with the NC Dinos of Korea Baseball Organization.[23] He became a free agent following the season.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On February 8, 2019, Verrett signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics.[24]

Personal lifeEdit

Verrett and his wife, Erin, reside in Arlington, Texas.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Baylor mound ace Verrett struts stuff". WacoTrib.com. February 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Calallen grad Verrett signs with Mets". CCCT. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Verrett signs with Mets". Nueces County Record Star. August 24, 2011. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  4. ^ "Former Calallen standout Verrett making waves in Mets' system". CCCT. January 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "Verrett South Texas Pro of the Year – Corpus Christi Hooks News". Corpus Christi Hooks. December 17, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "Verrett also gets big-league invite". ESPN.com. January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Las Vegas 51s well-armed, for starters". Las Vegas Review-Journal. April 3, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Orioles Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett claimed by Rangers". The Baltimore Sun. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Rookies DeShields Jr., Kela add youth, speed to Rangers' roster". star-telegram. April 4, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "Texas Rangers may end Logan Verrett experiment to make room for Wandy Rodriguez". Dallas Morning News. April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Texas Rangers DFA Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett - Mets Blog - ESPN". ESPN.com. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mets get pitcher Logan Verrett back from Texas Rangers". NJ.com. May 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Logan Verrett gets call-up to New York Mets". ESPN.com. June 18, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mets didn't send Logan Verrett down because he was a bad pitcher". NJ.com. July 7, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  15. ^ "Mets' Bobby Parnell goes on DL, with Logan Verrett taking his place". Newsday. August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Logan Verrett goes 8 innings, gets 1st MLB win, Mets sweep Colorado Rockies". NJ.com. August 23, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "Verrett, Plawecki, Henderson and Campbell make Opening Day roster". SNY. April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  18. ^ "Mets get runs late, beat Marlins 2–1 to avoid sweep, pres. by W.B. Mason". SNY. April 13, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  19. ^ "Logan Verrett stepped up ... again". SNY. April 20, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  20. ^ "Mets' Logan Verrett: Earns first win of 2016". CBSSports. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  21. ^ "Verrett's first MLB hit". Major League Baseball. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  22. ^ Mets sign Yoenis Cespedes
  23. ^ http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2017/11/16/0702000000AEN20171116005300315.html
  24. ^ Eddy, Matt (February 18, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Feb 2 - Feb 15". Baseball America. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "Calallen ex gets his big-league chance with Rangers". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. April 11, 2015. Retrieved October 2, 2015.

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