One of the toughest jobs in all of sports has to be pitching in the major league. Not too many are called to take the mound against the best batters on the planet, but Reid Scoggins — who just wrapped up his collegiate career as a Howard College Hawk — was selected in the 15th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on day one of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
The 6'3'', 205 pound Dallas native began his stint as a Hawk in spring 2010. The big right-hander was forced to sit out the entire 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery (a procedure in which a tendon is replaced in an athlete's arm).
Scoggins returned to action this year, racking up 33 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched and helping to guide the Hawks to a Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship and taking them within one game of a trip to the JUCO national championships in Grand Junction, Colo.
Britt Smith, head baseball coach for Howard said it was no surprise that Scoggins was taken on day one of the draft, but initially believed the righty would have been picked sooner.
“I honestly thought he would go higher,” Smith said. “Obviously, I am happy for him. Coming off of Tommy John — it is just great that he will get the opportunity to play pro ball. It's a testament to his hard work. He bought into our program, he did what we asked him to do and now he gets to reap the benefits.”
When asked what separates Scoggins from many other pitchers trying to break into the majors, Smith said it was his determination to develop a big league arm.
“It's arm strength,” Smith added. (Scoggins) came here throwing 90-91 miles per hour. He he has shown he now has the ability to throw the ball 101 miles per hour. When you can throw that hard, you may get a chance to play pro ball somewhere.”