DENVER – Former Bradley pitcher Rob Scahill (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook H.S.) continues to shine during his late-season call-up to the Colorado Rockies, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings to close out Wednesday’s 6-0 win against the Chicago Cubs.
Scahill has made five relief appearances for the Rockies since his Sept. 5 promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 6-foot-2 righthander has scattered four hits, walked two and struck out three without allowing a run in 7.2 combined innings. In Friday’s 6-0 win against the Cubs, Scahill worked the final 2.0 innings, tossing a career-high 24 pitches. He did not allow a hit, walked two, struck out one and induced double plays in both innings. Scahill also executed a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the eighth, giving him a walk and a sacrifice in three career plate appearances.
Video of Scahill’s Sept. 16 appearance at San Diego is available from his bio page on the Colorado Rockies official website.
Perhaps making Scahill’s first five career appearances even more impressive, he has posted his 0.00 ERA while the rest of the Rockies staff has racked up a 9.25 ERA in the same five games. Prior to Wednesday’s 3-man combined shutout, Colorado pitching had surrendered 38 runs (37 earned) in the other four games Scahill had appeared.
When Scahill was promoted Sept. 5, he became the 14th former Bradley Baseball player to reach the Major Leagues. An eighth-round selection by Colorado in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Scahill steadily worked his way up the Rockies’ farm system, compiling a 32-33 record with a 4.57 earned run average in four minor league seasons. In 29 starts for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox this year, Scahill was 9-11 with a 5.68 ERA and ranked among the Pacific Coast League strikeout leaders all season, fanning 159 hitters in 152.0 innings.
Scahill pitched at Bradley from 2006-09, compiling a 10-15 career record with a 4.70 ERA. He originally was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but opted to return for his junior season. As a fourth-year junior in 2009, Scahill was an honorable mention All-Missouri Valley Conference starting pitcher, going 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA. Sidelined by an early-season oblique injury, he finished strong and was particularly dominant at home in 2009 by posting a 3-0 record with a 0.86 ERA in four starts at O’Brien Field.