Get to know Mets pitching prospect Christian Scott, one of the biggest risers in the system

Christian Scott
Christian Scott / Photo Courtesy of Bronson Harris/Binghamton Rumble Ponies

Mets pitching prospect Christian Scott has been one of the biggest risers in the organization this season.

A reliever at the University of Florida, the right-hander has made a seamless transition to the starting rotation. He’s already made more starts this season than last and has made his way up to Double-A.

Scott started the year with the High-A Cyclones but after dominating across six starts he was quickly promoted to the Rumble Ponies, where he’s carried that success over.

In 12 outings, he’s pitched to 2.47 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 77 strikeouts while walking just eight. He landed on the IL late in the season but has been dominant since returning, albeit in shortened outings.

Scott’s thrown just 4.2 innings across two starts, but he’s yet to allow a run and has struck out eight. Overall he now has a 2.57 ERA, 107 strikeouts, just 12 walks, and a minor-league leading 0.86 WHIP on the season.

For those not familiar with him, the fifth-round pick provided a breakdown of his approach on the mound.

“I attack the zone, I like to get ahead,” Scott told SNY’s Chelsea Sherrod earlier this season. “I know hitting’s really hard to do, so for me making it as hard for them as possible is really my goal. Being able to get many 0-1 or 0-2 counts, that’s where I find my most success.

“I just try to get as many outs and as many strikeouts as I possibly can and have fun while doing it, that’s my goal.”

With his breakout performance, the 24-year-old has quickly climbed his way up the organizations prospect rankings. SNY’s Joe DeMayo recently ranked him as high as 14th overall in the system in his updated list.

DeMayo had this to say about the talented right-hander:

He throws strikes and will touch 95 mph with a plus slider. There are some questions about getting swings-and-misses at the upper levels. He will need to develop another solid-average pitch to profile as a starter, but there is no reason to think he can’t be a big-league reliever if he just needs to remain a two-pitch pitcher.

Though the added attention and positive results are nice, Scott knows there’s more work to do and the goal remains the same each time he takes the mound.

“There’s always something to work on,” he said. “For me, being able to go deeper in games was my big thing. Being able to go out six or seven innings and give your team a quality start is what I’m working on the most.

“I just go out whenever I get the ball and create as many quick outs as I possibly can. Whatever happens after that happens. It’s just stack as many good days as possible and good things will happen.”

With his breakout performance, Scott’s inserted his name into the conversation as a potential depth piece for a Mets pitching staff desperate for reliable arms. He’s certainly a name to watch as the Double-A playoffs come to a close and in spring training next season.