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Scott Rice makes the Mets after 14 years in the minors

Mar 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Scott Rice was a first-round pick way back in 1999, going 44th overall to the Orioles out of high school. He spent the next 14 years playing in the minors, including multiple stints in independent leagues. And now he’s headed to the big leagues for the first time.

Rice has secured an Opening Day spot in the Mets’ bullpen after a solid spring training performance that saw the 6-foot-6 left-hander throw 11 innings with a 3.18 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio.

Rice wasn’t particularly good at Triple-A last season in the Dodgers’ farm system, posting a 4.40 ERA and 47/22 K/BB ratio in 59 innings, and his overall track record is mostly underwhelming. But he has some chance of being a decent middle reliever for the Mets and most of all a guy cracking an Opening Day roster after 14 seasons and 480 appearances in the minors is just a great story.

Outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-handers LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison also made the Mets on minor-league deals.

  1. genericcommenter - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Sounds like the pitching version of Darnell McDonald. Hopefully he can stick.

  2. tuberippin - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Best of luck to this guy. I’m a Phils fan, but it’s always heartwarming to see a guy who puts in his time finally get a chance in the bigs. I hope he makes the most of it.

  3. ninersphan - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Sadly, being a Mets fan, this probably says more about the state of our pitching than it does about how good Rice is. Good luck to him though, Maybe the Mets will get lucky again with a journeyman pitcher.

  4. El Bravo - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    welcome to the show

    • christos99 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

      c’mon meat, bring Kevin Costner as Crash Davis (along with Ike Davis)

  5. dondada10 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Mets are taking 8 relievers north with them. Somebody has gotta go down when Marcum is activated for his start.

  6. biasedhomer - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Could be the Mets new RA Dickey

  7. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    It was nice of the Wilpoons to give this guy the opportunity. True, they had to wreck the team to make room for him. But still….

  8. naterysavy - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    How was he a first round pick if he went 44th overall?

  9. badintent - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Sorry, if the Mets gave him a contract he’ll still in the minors.

  10. multiplemiggs - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Nice of the Wilpons?? I think it would be nice of the coaching staff…the Wilpons have no idea what the hell is going on.

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