Scott Diamond

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Scott Diamond
Diamond with the Minnesota Twins
Toronto Blue Jays
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-07-30) July 30, 1986 (age 32)
Guelph, Ontario
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 18, 2011, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 19–27
Earned run average 4.43
Strikeouts 161
WHIP 1.41

Scott Michael Diamond (born July 30, 1986) is a Canadian professional baseball starting pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He previously pitched for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Amateur career

Diamond played college baseball at Binghamton University, for the Binghamton Bearcats under head coach Tim Sinicki. In his freshman season, 2005, he was named America East Rookie of the Year. He played three years at Binghamton before he decided to go pro. He is now a member of the Binghamton University Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] Diamond, Mike Augliera, Lee Sosa and Murphy Smith are the most recent Binghamton pitchers to be taken in the Major League Draft and/or go pro.[2]

He also played collegiate summer baseball in 2006 and 2007 with the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League (CPL). Diamond led the CPL in earned run average (ERA) in 2006, posting a 0.50 ERA in 54 13 innings pitched.[3]

Professional career

Minor league career

Diamond was not selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball amateur draft. He signed as an undrafted free-agent with the Atlanta Braves organization.

Diamond played for the Rome Braves and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2008. He was awarded Myrtle Beach Pelicans pitcher of the year award after recording a 15–3 record and a 2.89 ERA. He played for the Mississippi Braves in 2009 and 2010 before being promoted to the Gwinnett Braves during the 2010 season.

Diamond was on the roster for Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he made a relief appearance for three innings in their game against the Italian national baseball team at the Rogers Centre.[4]

Minnesota Twins

On December 9, 2010, Diamond was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.[5] Towards the conclusion of spring training, the Twins acquired Diamond from the Braves for prospect Billy Bulluck, allowing them to send Diamond to the minors.[6] The Twins purchased his contract on July 17, and he made his MLB debut the following day.[7]

In 2012, Diamond began the season with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. After starting six games and compiling a 4–1 record and a 2.60 ERA in 34 23 innings, he was called up to the Twins on May 7. On May 8, Diamond beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, allowing four hits and one walk in seven shutout innings.[8] Diamond then became an everyday starter for the team, recording 8 wins by mid-July.[9] On July 27, 2012, Diamond pitched his first career complete-game/shutout against the Cleveland Indians. In the start, he allowed only three hits and struck out six batters as the Twins won 11–0.[10] Diamond was ejected by umpire Wally Bell from a game against the Texas Rangers on August 23 after throwing a pitch behind the head of Josh Hamilton.[11] Diamond was suspended for six games as a result of that incident.[12] In his first full season, he led the American League in fewest Walks Allowed per 9 Innings Pitched, allowing only 1.613.[13]

On March 22, 2013, Diamond was placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2013 season.[14] Diamond came off the disabled list on April 13.[15] Diamond was optioned to Rochester on August 2. He was recalled on September 9, after Rochester was eliminated from the International League playoffs.[16]

On March 26, 2014, Diamond was placed on waivers.[17] He was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester the next day.[18] On July 12, Diamond was released by the Twins organization.[19]

Cincinnati Reds

On July 15, 2014, Diamond signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He was assigned to their Triple A affiliate Louisville Bats.

Tampa Bay Rays

Diamond signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on April 5, 2015. He elected free agency on November 6, 2015.[20]

Toronto Blue Jays

On November 24, 2015, Diamond signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training.[21] He was assigned to minor league camp on March 18, 2016.[22]


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