Plum native earns minor league all-star nod, spot start in AAA
Scott McGough understands the process of professional baseball in the minor leagues.
He wants to continue to get better and climb the ladder of success.
McGough has enjoyed a strong 2013 season for the Jacksonville Suns, the Class AA affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
But on Friday, he got a taste of pitching at the AAA level, as he was called up to make a spot start with the New Orleans Zephyrs, which played a doubleheader to make up a recent rainout.
He didn't have what he would consider a dazzling outing on the stat sheet, as he gave up six hits and three earned runs in his three innings of work. He walked one and struck out two in the Zephyrs' 5-0 loss to Oklahoma City.
Even though his stay with New Orleans was a short one, he was able to catch up with and get some pointers from Zephrys pitching coach Charlie Corbell.
Corbell coached McGough during the 2012 Arizona Fall League, and McGough finished with the second-lowest ERA in the league.
The Zephyrs pitching staff entered the AAA All-Star break with the top ERA in the Pacific Coast League at 3.70.
McGough, 23, shined out of the bullpen for Jacksonville this spring and summer, posting a 4-0 record and a 2.17 ERA.
Class AA teams batted .209 against the right-hander in 26 appearances.
Those stats earned him selection to the Southern League All-Star Game that was to be played Wednesday evening in Jacksonville.
He was one of eight Jacksonville players to make the league's South Division squad.
A who's who of Major League stars are alumni of the Southern League All-Star Game over the past decade. That list includes Detroit's Prince Fielder, Cincinnati's Joey Votto, and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina.
The all-star game was to be played past the deadline for this week's edition.
Jacksonville, 47-44 overall, resumes its season Thursday at the Tennessee Smokies, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
Trib Total Media staff writer Bill Beckner contributed to this report.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.