I was having some fun today looking at stats of workhorse relief pitchers. To my surprise, I came across a Cincinnati Reds pitcher I remember seeing pitch but never knew he was that hard of a worker, Scott Sullivan.
Scott Sullivan was drafted by Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 1993 amateur draft. His big league debut was on Saturday, May 6, 1995, at Riverfront Stadium against New York Mets. He faced 7 batters, threw 20 pitches and allowed two hits, one walk and one run. The Reds went on to win that game 13 – 11.
Sullivan pitched for the Reds from 1995 to 2003. In 494 games he pitched in 662.2 innings for the Reds getting a 37-24 record with a 3.91 ERA. Scott went 4 seasons in a row (1998 – 2001) with 100+ innings pitched. 3 of those seasons he pitched in 79 games, (1999 to 2001) In 1998 he played in only 67.
His 10 season career IS% was 31% with 354 IR and 109 IS with 111 holds. He had a 0.59 GB/FB and a 2.8 HR%.
With writing this I came to wonder if some of the pitchers the Reds have just got on the team could fit this role. Could Andrew Brackman turn out to be the next Scott Sullivan? Or how about Josh Judy? Only time will tell and I really hope that these young pitchers the Reds picked up this offseason will turn out to be the next group of “Nasty Boys” for Cincinnati.