Local product Scribner gets call to the Majors
For some reason, the moment stood out to me.
It was the spring of 2003, flurries were in the air and the wind gusts were unbearable. I had just started working at The Register Citizen and was assigned to cover a Shepaug baseball game, which predictably went in the Spartans favor as they were a juggernaut at that time, winning all 20 of their regular season games.
That day, Shepaug’s pitcher, Evan Scribner, tossed a gem and after interviewing head coach Dave Werkhoven following the game, I requested to speak to Scribner, basic procedure for a reporter when a game ends.
I would have to wait, though, for an extended period of time. Despite pitching a great game, Werkhoven had Scribner throw an entire bullpen session after it. The look on Scribner’s face wasn’t exactly one of excitement, especially considering the weather, but he knew that little moments like this one would eventually lead to bigger ones.
The biggest moment of them all came for Scribner eight years later. On Monday, the former Shepaug and Torrington American Legion star got the call from the San Diego Padres that he’s been assigned to the Major League club.
After serving as Triple-A Tucson’s closer, Scribner is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the pitching-heavy Padres.
His journey to the Majors wasn’t a quick one following his collegiate career at Central Connecticut State University.
He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round of the 2007 draft. One year later, he was traded to the Padres for Tony Clark, formerly of the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox.
Scribner pitched for the Padres’ Double A team in San Antonio in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and after impressing the organization in Spring Training, he was assigned to Triple A this year.
Five appearances later, Scribner got the call every baseball player dreams of: he was heading to the big leagues.
The Padres have not announced their long-term plans for Scribner, but one would have to think if he pitches well, he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
After persevering through four years in the minors, don’t expect for Scribner to give up his spot easily.
Locally, this has been an exciting time with Torrington’s Jordan Williams expected to be picked in this year’s NBA Draft, followed by the news of Scriber.
One has to wonder: Who’s next?