SCOTT Michael OBERG
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   ROCKIES
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 3/13/1990 Agent: Big League Mgmt.
Uniform #: 45  
Birth City: Tewksbury, MA
Draft: Rockies #15 - Out of Univ. of Connecticut
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2012 PIO GRAND JUNCTION   25 27 20 29 6 0 0 0 13 0 2   2.33
2013 CAL MODESTO   56 53.1 34 61 27 0 0 0 33 1 6   1.86
2014 TL TULSA   27 27.1 22 21 6 0 0 0 15 0 1   2.63
2015 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   7 8 14 11 2 0 0 0 2 1 0   1.13
2015 NL ROCKIES   64 58.1 58 44 31 0 0 0 1 3 4 0.266 5.09
2016 NL ROCKIES   24 26 26 20 11 0 0 0 1 1 1 0.257 5.19
2016 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   27 29.2 16 36 11 0 0 0 9 1 0   2.43
2017 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   3 4.1 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0   2.08
2017 NL ROCKIES $540.00 66 58.1 70 55 24 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.297 4.94
2018 CAL LANCASTER   1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2018 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   13 15.1 14 14 2 0 0 0 3 1 0   1.76
2018 NL ROCKIES   56 58.2 45 57 12 0 0 0 0 8 1 0.213 2.45
2018 CAL LANCASTER   1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   0.00
2018 PCL ALBUQUERQUE   13 15.1 14 14 2 0 0 0 3 1 0   1.76
2018 NL ROCKIES   56 58.2 45 57 12 0 0 0 0 8 1 0.213 2.45
Personal
  • June 2012: Oberg signed with the Rockies, out of the University of Connecticut, via scout Mike Garlatti. Colorado drafted Oberg in the 15th round and signed him for $85,000.

  • In 2012, Scott made the Pioneer League all-star team, leading the league with 13 saves.

  • February 2014: Oberg announced he would marry Diana Filipek, a former UConn rower from New Jersey, later in 2014.

  • In 2014, Baseball America rated Scott as the 13th-best prospect in the Rockies organization. He fell to #23 in the spring of 2015.

  • Aug 14-17, 2018: Scott was on the paternity list.
Pitching
  • Scott has a 93-99 mph FASTBALL that bores in on righthanded hitters and misses the end of lefthanded hitters’ bats. Oberg has a very good 12-to-6 power CURVEBALL that is a put-away pitch, and a vastly improved CHANGEUP. He was working on a SLIDER before and during 2015 spring training, and he throws it with confidence, now.

    "Oberg pounds the zone, challenges hitters, doesn’t really walk anybody,” Rockies farm director Jeff Bridich said during 2013 spring training. “He commands the ball low in the zone. He’s got angle on his fastball. He already does a lot of things well that should lead to success. He's got a sense of maturity about him and a calm competitiveness on the mound,” Bridich said.  

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 43.2% of the time; Sinker 16.7% of the time; Change 5.6%; Slider 24.8%; and Curve 9.5% of the time.

    2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 42.4% of the time; Sinker 15.3% of the time; Change 8.4%; Slider 33.8%; and Curve .1% of the time. (Brooks Baseball)

  • Oberg gets out both left and righthanded hitters with impressive regularity.

  • In 2013, Scott tied a Modesto Oaks franchise record and also had the second most saves in all affiliated minor league baseball with 33 saves. He finished the season with a 1-6 record and a 1.86 ERA, including 61 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. For that he was named among the top prospects in the Rockies’ organization and Baseball America said that he features the best curveball in the system.

  • With a competitive edge and high level of aggression, Scott has a closer's mentality and he has converted 61 of 68 professional save opportunities. as of the start of the 2015 season.

    The Rockies would have called him up in the 2014 season to help their leaky bullpen, but right shoulder soreness ended his season in August.

    Scott has worked on a slider, throwing it well in warmups—but not in games. His slider would give him a pitch to open up both sides of the zone, while also providing more of a command breaking pitch, which would allay concerns that his sharp curveball might not be called for strikes in the big leagues.

  • Scott sets up on the extreme first base side of the rubber.

  • Scott's mechanics, his delivery have become really consistent," manager Bud Black said. "You look at the release point, his arm action -- he's repeating it. When you repeat natural arm action, you're going to consistently make pitches." 

    "When Oberg misses, the misses are where they're supposed to be," Black notes. "They're close to the strike zone. He's not missing in big ways.  The misses are smaller.  When you see a pitcher just missing, that's a really good sign. He's around the plate, he's throwing strikes with the fastball, the slider consistency has improved. You combine the velocity he has and the sharpness to his breaking pitch, you're going to have success." 

    "The biggest thing is he trusts the execution of his pitches and trusts his command, and Buddy trusts him to use him in the seventh," catcher Chris Iannetta said after Oberg entered a tight game Saturday with a three-run lead and first place on the line, faced four straight left-handed pinch-hitting power bats, and struck out the side. "He's done great. He's been able to get to glove side, which was something he wasn't able to do early in 2018 in Spring Training. He has the ability to get the glove side, work up and down on the outside part of the plate, run it in if he has to."  (Perkins - mlb.com - 9/9/18)

  • Scott started the 2019 season with a career record of 12-7 and a 4.31 ERA, having given up 21 home runs and 198 hits in 200 innings.
Career Injury Report
  • Fall 2010: Oberg had painful psoriatic arthritis in his feet and ankles, making it hard for him to walk. After getting the disease under control with medication, Oberg began preparing for the 2011 season. Facing hitters for the first time in an intrasquad scrimmage, Oberg felt tightness in his elbow. It was a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Oberg had Tommy John surgery on April 1, 2011.
  • June 13-July 31, 2014: Scott was on the D.L. with a strained shoulder.

    August 10, 2014: Oberg was on the D.L., and then underwent minor shoulder surgery on August 28.

  • August 20-Nov 7, 2016: Oberg was placed on the DL with auxiliary artery thrombosis in his right arm.

  • June 7-27, 2018: Scott was on the DL with back strain.