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Rennie Scott learned the screwball from a former major leaguer; Played over three pro seasons, made high-A

Rennie Scott 1990 Lynchburg Red Sox card, Scott up close smiling with glove

The Boston Globe checked in on the Red Sox' minor league teams in July 1990 and noted the high-A Lynchburg Red Sox had a new closer: Rennie Scott.

The Globe also noted what made Scott unique.

Scott, The Globe wrote, "has a hellacious screwball from former major league pitcher Mike Marshall."

Scott's work as a closer that year garnered him 11 saves. No matter how good his screwball was, though, he saw just one more season. his third as a pro. He topped out at high-A.

Scott's career began in 1989, signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent out of Henderson State University in Arkansas.

Scott started with the Red Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 1-5, with a 5.77 ERA in 13 outings, three starts. 

He then moved to high-A Lynchburg for 1990. His screwball earned a mention in a June article as he picked up a one-out win, throwing three-straight screwballs to a hitter for a strikeout. 

Then it got another mention in August, after Scott gave up a game-winning home run.

"He left a screwball out there," hitter Chris Estep told The Roanoke Times and World-News. "He hung it a bit, and I just swung through."

Scott saw 57 total relief outings that year. He went 6-8 overall, with those 11 saves and a 3.87 ERA. He then returned to Lynchburg for 49 outings in 1991. He went 1-3, with a 3.36 ERA and two saves to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,132
Made the Majors:1,366-33.1%
Never Made Majors:2,766-66.9%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:556
10+ Seasons in the Minors:337

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