Scott Snodgress, Left-Handed Pitcher
HT : 6'6
WT : 225 lb.
DOB : September 20, 1989, Fontana, CA
Throws : Left
Bats : Left
School : Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
Acquired : Minor League Free Agent 2014 (Originally drafted 171st overall by Chicago White Sox in 2011 June Draft)
Stock : Neutral
Cool Notes : Southern California native, born in Fontana (45 miles away from Angel Stadium), and going to High School in Yucaipa (60 miles away from Angel Stadium)
In 2005, Scott Snodgress took the mound at Angel Stadium. He was a freshman in high school at that time, pitching for Yucaipa High School in the CIF Championship. Snodgress looks to take the Angel Stadium mound, nine years later, with his name on the back of an Angels uniform. Snodgress was picked up by the Halos this off-season from the minor league free agent market, and may be exactly what the Angels have been looking for these last few years.
Snodgress uses his big frame well in his mechanics, using every element of his physical presence to make strides towards the mound. Snodgress throws from a low slot, just below three quarters, allowing him to stay deceptive on the mound. Snodgress has shown big improvement in repeating his mechanics, and having a repetitive arm slot, which has helped his command.
Snodgress fires the ball in with a slinging arm action in his low slot which makes the ball deceptive and seem faster than it actually comes in. Another addition to his deception is his crossfire delivery, as he throws slighly across his body and has also been a helper in his command.
Snodgress comes equipped with a nice fastball that sits in the 87-92 MPH range, mostly touching in the 90-91 range. Though it can be inconsistent due to its lack of movement, Snodgress has used this as his primary pitch to not only get ahead, but also put away bats. With his quick arm and deceptive motions, it comes in at what seems like a faster pace than it actually is.
Snodgress has a decent pair of off-speed offerings in his changeup and curveball. His curve that has good downward movement and has been a good "something different" pitch for him. Snodgress' changeup may be his best pitch with good fade and deception.
At Yucaipa High School, Snodgress was a four-year letterwinner in baseball, and earned one letter in basketball as well. In his senior year, Snodgress went 5-3 with one save, a 2.29 ERA and 83 strikeouts, averaging 14.09 per nine, as well as hit .293 with three home runs, three doubles and 18 RBI. Snodgress earned multiple honors, including a Two-Time All-Citrus Belt League selection, 2007 Chino Tournament Top Pitcher, Second-Team All-County, and holds the record at Yucaipa High School for most career strikeouts, beating out top prospect, Taijuan Walker.
In three years at Stanford, Snodgress pitched in 65 games, going 100.1 innings. Snodgress held a 4-7 record, with a 5.47 ERA, 1.704 WHIP, .389 OBP against, and four saves. Snodgress allowed 9.14 hits per nine, 6.18 walks per nine, and struck out 8.34 per nine. Snodgress allowed just three extra base hits in his senior season (one double, one triple, one home run), and 26 extra base hits in 480 batters faced.
Upon being drafted by the White Sox, Snodgress took off for Rookie Ball where he excelled in the hitter friendly Pioneer League, posting a 3.34 ERA, 3-3 record, and 1.314 WHIP. Snodgress finished the season starting 12 games, seven of those going four innings of two run work or less. Snodgress had five starts in August where he allowed just one run in 25.2 innings, on 16 hits, and two walks, all while he struck out 30 batters.
Snodgress made the leap to Single-A, reaching both Low-A and High-A affiliates in 2012. He posted a 3.64 ERA and 1.363 WHIP in 19 games with Kannapolis. After a stretch of five starts where Snodgress allowed 20 earned runs on 25 hits and 15 walks in 24 innings (7.50 ERA), Snodgress put together nine great starts before his callup. In that final nine game stretch, Snodgress allowed 11 runs in 49.2 innings (1.99 ERA). Snodgress made the leap to High-A, where he held a 1.50 ERA in 42 innings of work, on 26 hits (5.57 H/9) and 15 walks (3.21 BB/9). Snodgress held bats to a .176/.254/.263 slash, and had five of his eight starts go scoreless, three of those being six inning outings.
Snodgress struggled in his first go round of Double-A, posting a 4.70 ERA, 1.426 WHIP, 11-11 record, and .269 against average in 26 starts and 143.2 innings pitched. Snodgress did find a nice stretch in July and early August, going eight innings or more of work three times, allowing four runs in 41.2 innings of work (0.86 ERA) on 23 hits (4.96 H/9) and 13 walks (2.80 BB/9), while holding bats to a .169 average.
Snodgress' second time in Double-A was a much better time, where he posted a 3.89 ERA, and in his final 19 games, held a 6-5 record, 3.19 ERA, and 1.327 WHIP. Left-handed bats were held to a .221/.277/.325 slash against Snodgress in 77 at bats. Snodgress took off for Triple-A in late July, where he posted a 4.96 ERA in eight relief appearances, before earning a quick trip to the Majors.
Snodgress didn't necessarily get a cup of coffee in the Majors, but instead somewhat of a sip of it. Snodgress made four relief appearances where he got hit pretty hard, posting a 15.43 ERA, allowing eight hits and three walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Snodgress is very new to the Angels farm system, so it's pretty hard to say where he'll land or what he'll do at the moment. 2015 should have Snodgress see some time in Triple-A, where he'll most likely start out of Spring Training. However, the Angels picked up a lefty reliever for a reason, and that was to have him with the big club.
Snodgress was a starter for the primary part of his minor league career. However, he hasn't been a starter at any level above Double-A. It's an odd sign of what he'll be with the Halos, with his strong changeup and longevity as a starter. His ceiling would be a decent four/five starter, or lefty specialist. 2015 will be the season all of the questions about Snodgress will be answered when it comes to the Angels and this young talent.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.