John Scott… was the second overall pick in the January, 1970 draft (after Chris Chambliss) and was one of the Padres’ top prospects in the early 1970’s. His prospect status didn’t translate into Major League success, as he played a grand total of 118 games, mostly with the 1977 Blue Jays. Despite his lack of MLB time, he played 13 years as a professional, including three years with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League.
In Japan he won two Diamond Glove Awards (similar to the Gold Glove) and made the 1980 Central League All-Star team.
In 1976, John Scott… spent the year with the AAA Hawaii Islanders, batting .315 with 15 homers, 82 RBI and 38 stolen bases.
Betcha didn’t know… John Scott was among the first players ever on the Blue Jays’ roster. Shortly before the expansion draft, the Padres sold Scott, Dave Hilton and Dave Roberts to the Jays; the first player ever on the Jays roster was catcher Phil Roof, who was traded by the White Sox the day before.
Cardboard History: John Scott didn’t appear on many baseball cards, but he has a strong presence in the “slightly oddball” category. Aside from sharing a rookie card with Jim Rice…
…he also shared a 1977 Rookie Outfielders card with Andre Dawson, had his own card in the 1977 O-Pee-Chee set – a card I don’t yet own, but you can see it on the always-useful “O, My O-Pee-Chee” blog – and he was also in the 1979 TCMA Japanese set:
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 7
Can’t tell: 6
Not Shea: 5