Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks Career
Prior to the 2004 season, Scherzer made his debut in the Northwoods Club (NWL), a collegiate summer baseball league, with the La Crosse Loggers in 2004.
He was 2–1 with a 1.91 ERA and six saves that summer. The pitcher also threw 33 innings, striking out a total of 50 batters. He was named to the league’s All-Star team during the midway point of the season.
He became the first Tiger to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft when the Arizona Diamondbacks took him 11th overall in the 2006 draft.
Scouting director Mike Rizzo of the Diamondbacks was amazed by the relentlessness of Scherzer’s attacks on hitters.
Luke Hochevar (the first overall pick), Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw, and Tim Lincecum were all picked before him.
Though Scherzer’s violent delivery was critiqued by scouts, Rizzo and the rest of the Arizona scouts were of the opinion that “We dubbed him ‘Mad Max’ in the draft room because of the mix of his arm motion, pitching intelligence, and attack mode.
He lunged towards you with all of his might. He appeared to be enraged. He appeared to be in a state of agitation.”
The team and Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, were unable to come to terms at first. With the Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association, Scherzer began his professional baseball career.
The Diamondbacks signed him to a four-year, $4.3 million contract after he made three appearances.
In 2007, he made his Diamondbacks debut with the Visalia Oaks of the Minor Leagues. After three strong outings with the Oaks, he was promoted to the Double-A Mobile BayBears.
He was ranked as the Diamondbacks’ fourth-best prospect in the 2008 offseason. On April 27, 2008, he was called up to the Diamondbacks from Triple-A Tucson after a strong start to the season.
How Tall Is Max Scherzer?
Max Scherzer’s height is 1.9 m