Tayler Scott pitched for three major league teams in 2023, starting with the Dodgers.
The right-hander from South Africa signed a minor league deal with Los Angeles in January that included a non-roster invitation to spring training, and he started the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
A stingy start in Triple-A — 1.37 ERA in 19 games, with 25 strikeouts and 31.3-percent strikeout rate in 19⅔ innings — got Scott the call-up to the majors on May 22, when Clayton Kershaw went on bereavement leave.
Scott had three different stints in the majors with the Dodgers in a four-week span. He was active for 13 games and pitched in six of them. Of the Dodgers’ franchise-record 39 pitchers used in 2023, Scott was the 24th, when he got into a game on June 3 against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium.
Four weeks later, Scott was claimed off waivers by the A’s. In all, he pitched 18 games in the majors for the Dodgers, Red Sox, and A’s, putting up a 5.60 ERA, 17 strikeouts, and 10 walks in 17⅔ innings.
Scott was used to the transient nature of the sport, having pitched briefly in the majors for the Mariners and Orioles in 2019 before pitching for the Hiroshima Carp in 2020-21. In 2022, he reached the majors again with the Padres and Phillies. That’s six major league teams in three seasons, with an overseas stint in between.
“I’ve been around long enough to understand that some things like that happen,” Scott said in June, after getting optioned twice by the Dodgers and a few days before getting designated for assignment. “You just have the mindset of staying ready and, you know, whatever comes at you, you just have to accept it and be ready.”
Stats: 6 games, 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts with Dodgers
Game of the year
Scott’s second game with the Dodgers was his longest outing of the season, pitching two scoreless innings to close out a win over the Reds. Scott allowed a double, walked nobody, and struck out two, including the final out of the game.
Oakland on November 6 sent Scott outright to the minors, and he elected free agency.