Plum's McGough wraps up Arizona fall season
Major League Baseball's Arizona Fall League marked its 20th anniversary this fall, and a number of the game's brightest prospects took part in games on one of six teams.
Included in that group was Plum graduate Scott McGough, who played in the league for the first time after his summer season for the Miami Marlins' High A club in Jupiter, Fla., came to a close.
McGough pitched in nine games for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. He started in two and worked in relief seven times.
He surrendered 12 hits and two earned runs in 16 innings for a 1.13 ERA, the second-best ERA in the AFL this season.
He struck out eight and walked six.
A total of 24 players who were on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect list at the start of the fall season were on the six rosters.
Each of the Arizona Fall League teams feature 35 players from five Major League clubs. Players from Miami joined players from Atlanta, Oakland, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay on the Phoenix Desert Dogs.
All Triple-A and Double-A players were eligible to play, provided they were on a Double-A roster no later than Aug. 15.
McGough returned to his collegiate alma mater — the University of Oregon — on Saturday to begin offseason weight training and conditioning workouts with some of his former Oregon teammates and current Ducks players and coaches.
McGough joined the Marlins organization in July in a trade with Los Angeles that sent all-star shortshop Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers.
He started his pro career with Rookie-level Ogden shortly after being selected in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Oregon.
McGough finished the season at Class A Great Lakes and was promoted to Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in California at the start of the 2012 season.
He remained with Rancho Cucamonga until the July trade, and he went 5-6 with six saves in 64 innings over 50 combined relief appearances for Rancho Cucamonga and Jupiter.
McGough produced a 3.80 ERA and struck out 56 while walking 30.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.