The Cincinnati Reds have a new pitcher in the organization, but it’s also a former pitcher as the team has reacquired right-handed pitcher Mac Sceroler from the Baltimore Orioles. Sceroler was selected by Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft this past offseason from Cincinnati. He would make the Orioles out of spring training, but they placed him on waivers this past week and he cleared waivers meaning that Baltimore had to then offer him back to the Reds for $50,000. Cincinnati accepted Sceroler’s return and paid Baltimore the $50,000 to reacquire him (half of the $100,000 that Baltimore paid to select him).
The Reds did not place Mac Sceroler on their 40-man roster. They did assign him to Double-A Chattanooga where he will join the Lookouts. Sceroler made his Major League Baseball debut on April 5th against the New York Yankees and threw 2.2 hitless innings with two walks and four strikeouts. A week later he came out of the bullpen to face the Red Sox and allowed three runs in an inning of work.
His next appearance wouldn’t come for six weeks as he hit the injured list before joining Triple-A Norfolk for a 2-game rehab assignment. He struggled in his two outings, throwing a combined 4.1 innings and allowing eight earned runs while walking two and striking out 10 batters.
On June 9th Mac Sceroler returned to the big league mound against the New York Mets and allowed three home runs and six runs over 2.0 innings. A little over a week later he allowed another home run to Cleveland and three runs total in an inning of work. On the 21st he was charged with three unearned runs on two hits and two walks against the Astros. That would be his last appearance for Baltimore before he was placed on waivers.
When all was said and done his ERA sat at 14.09 in five appearances for the Orioles, covering 7.2 innings where he allowed 15 hits, six home run, seven walks, and he had 11 strikeouts.