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Scott Proctor

Proctor with the Dodgers in 2008.
Atlanta Braves — No. --
Relief pitcher
Born: January 2, 1977 (1977-01-02) (age 33)
Stuart, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
April 20, 2004 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     16-10
Earned run average     4.42
Strikeouts     256
Teams

Scott Christopher Proctor (born January 2, 1977 in Stuart, Florida) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher with the Atlanta Braves organization.

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Baseball career

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Minor leagues

Proctor was drafted in the 17th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets out of Martin County High School, but decided to attend Florida State University, where he played under head coach Mike Martin. He was 10-2 in 60 career games for Florida State.

In 1998, he was drafted in the 5th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers and assigned to the Yakima Bears to start his professional career. He followed that up by playing for the Vero Beach Dodgers (2000-2001), Jacksonville Suns (2001-2003) and Las Vegas 51s (2003).

New York Yankees

On July 31, 2003, Proctor was traded to the New York Yankees with Bubba Crosby, for Robin Ventura. The Yankees assigned him to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Proctor made his Major League Baseball debut for the Yankees on April 20, 2004 against the Chicago White Sox, working 2.1 innings in relief and allowing 2 earned runs.

Throughout the course of his first season, he appeared in 26 games, pitched 25 innings, finished 12 games, and posted a 2-1 record and a 5.40 ERA with 21 strikeouts. He finished the 2005 season with a 6.04 ERA and a 1-0 record.

Proctor (second from left) with fellow Dodgers pitchers Esteban Loaiza, Jonathan Broxton, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito in 2008.

In 2006, Proctor emerged as a durable, reliable late-inning option for manager Joe Torre. Finally harnessing his breaking pitches, Proctor led the American League with 83 appearances, often pitching more than one inning or in consecutive games. Proctor notched his first career save in 2006. Along with Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney, Proctor was a part of the Yankees' bridge between the starters and closer Mariano Rivera, and reprised that role for the first part of the 2007 season.

Proctor pitched in 5 postseason games for the Yankees: two against Los Angeles and three against Detroit. In six innings, he has struck out two and gave up just one run.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On July 31, 2007, Proctor was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder Wilson Betemit. He became a free agent following the 2008 season.

Florida Marlins

In January 2009, he signed a one-year contract with the Florida Marlins worth $750,000, with an additional $250,000 in incentives.[1][2] During Spring Training, he was placed on the disabled list with elbow pain. When the pain remained, and ligament fraying was found, he underwent Tommy John surgery on May 12, 2009, and missed the entire 2009 season.[3] On October 9, 2009, Proctor was released by the Marlins [1].

Atlanta Braves

On November 4th, 2009, Proctor's agent, Mark Rodgers, released that Proctor had signed a split contract with the Braves and received an invitation to Spring Training.[4]

Pitching

Proctor is a power pitcher with a diverse pitch repertoire. Proctor's fastball ranges from 94 mph to almost 100, although he was known to throw beyond 100 as the closer for the Columbus Clippers, the Yankees' former Triple-A affiliate. As a former minor league starter, Proctor features several plus pitches. He will throw both four and two-seam fastballs. Proctor's secondary pitches include a mid-eighties slider, a high seventies curveball, and an occasional changeup in the low eighties. He will throw all but his changeup in any count, but his primary weapons are the four-seam fastball, the curve, and the slider.

Controversies

Proctor has run into some instances where he has appeared to assume the responsibility of retaliation for the Yankees. In two instances, Proctor allegedly threw at batters with the intention for retaliation.

One instance occurred in a game against the Seattle Mariners in which Scott Proctor threw behind Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt and Proctor exchanged heated words. Proctor may have felt that the Yankees were in position to retaliate after his teammate, Yankees first baseman Josh Phelps, was hit by a pitch. But Phelps was hit in retaliation for his part in, what appeared to be, an intentional hit on Seattle catcher Kenji Johjima. Therefore, the incident between Phelps and Johjima has already been settled with the "beaning" of Phelps but Proctor took offense to the fact the retaliation was exercised on Phelps. Proctor was suspended after that incident.

Another instance occurred on June 1st, 2007 when Proctor hit Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder after two Yankee batters were hit. Youkilis was the fifth hit batsman in the game. A visibly enraged Youkilis had to be held back by Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. Proctor was soon ejected after both benches calmed, though Proctor remained upset over his ejection. After the game, he protested to the media that the pitch had gotten away from him and that he had no reason to hit Youkilis as he had a 2-2 count. Before the following game, during the YES Pre-Game Show, Joe Torre told reporters that after Proctor's ejection, Proctor stormed into Torre's office and insisted that he did not throw at Youkilis intentionally, an explanation Torre accepted. Torre, however, did not protest Proctor's resulting one-game suspension.

On June 30, after a poor performance in a loss to the Oakland Athletics (and after taking the loss in each of the Yankees' last two games), Proctor lit fire to his equipment on the field, just feet from the Yankees dugout.

In June 2009, Proctor revealed that he was a recovering alcoholic and had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He credits Mariano Rivera with urging him to straighten his life out.

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