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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Darryl Scott, Family Tree - 3313

Albuquerque Isotopes pitching coach Darryl Scott has a baseball family. Not only did Scott play professionally and make the majors, but all three of his sons played in 2015 - two in college and one in the minors, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

"We do get a lot of sports," Scott told The Journal that July. "Actually, I’m really lucky to have three boys who grew up loving baseball and were able to spend a lot of time with me in the summers."

Scott's family baseball connections go beyond his own career and sons. His grandfather played in college. His great-grandfather also played.

In 1990 - just before Scott's own pro career began - Scott's baseball family tree, his family tree itself, expanded by one. He met the older brother he never knew, a man named Rich Gaynor. That brother, given up at birth by his teen mother, also went on to play pro baseball, spending eight seasons in the minors.

Years later, Scott recounted to The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader his and his family's sudden expansion with their reunion inside a Sacramento airport terminal.

"It was unbelievably emotional," Scott told The Times Leader. "When Rich started coming off that plane, tears were already rolling."

Scott's own pro path began that June in 1990, signed by the Angels as a free agent out of Loyola Marymount University.

Scott started with the Angels at short-season Boise. He pitched in 27 games, all in relief, posting a 1.34 ERA. He won two games and saved six.

He moved to single-A Quad City for 1991, then AA Midland and AAA Edmonton for 1992. He started 1993 at AAA Vancouver. That May, he made Anaheim.

Scott debuted with the Angels by pitching a solid inning against the Blue Jays.

"I probably had more jitters down in the bullpen," Scott told reporters afterward of shaking off his nerves for his debut. "Once I got in the game I got loose."

Scott got into 16 total games for the Angels that year and ended with a 5.85 ERA. Scott then went to Japan.

Scott played 1994 with Yokohama, getting into 25 games,  with an ERA of 2.51. He returned stateside for 1995, playing at AAA with the Rockies. He played with the Indians at AAA Buffalo in 1996 and 1997.

In 1998, he joined the Phillies system, the same system his long-lost brother once played in. He played at AA Reading, then AAA Scranton. He finished up his career in 2000, playing between the Phillies, Rockies and Diamondbacks systems.

He ended with the Phillies at Reading, getting his team out of a late-inning jam and on to a playoff victory, all in his 11th pro season, The Reading Eagle wrote.

"It's the love of the situation I came into tonight," Scott told The Eagle afterward of his longevity. "There's no better situation than that. It's an adrenaline rush that I'm not going to get anywhere else. There's no better feeling."

Scott has since turned pitching coach. He's served as pitching coach with high-A Modesto, AA Tulsa and at Albuquerque. He's continuing with Albuquerque for 2016.
1990 Minor League Tally  
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,368
Made the Majors: 977-41.3%-X
Never Made Majors:1,391-58.7%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 407
10+ Seasons in the Minors:244

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