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November 9, 1971 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Left|
|April 5, 1999 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 2006 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||3.82|
High school career
He called himself "the curveball flipping freak."
After four seasons in the minor leagues, Sauerbeck was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1998 Rule 5 Draft. In four and a half seasons with the Pirates, he had an ERA of 3.56 and compiled a record of 19-15 with five saves in 341 games out of the bullpen.
During the 2003 season, Sauerbeck and pitcher Mike González were traded to the Boston Red Sox for Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez, but the Pirates backed out of the deal after discovering an injury to Lyon. However, the Pirates and Red Sox worked out another trade that sent Sauerbeck and Jeff Suppan to Boston for infielder Freddy Sanchez. With Boston, he pitched in 26 games and made one postseason appearance.
In the offseason, he signed with the Cleveland Indians, but missed the 2004 season due to an injury. In June 2006, Cleveland released him due to poor performance on the field and being arrested for permitting someone intoxicated to drive his car. Two weeks later, he signed with the Oakland Athletics. On October 10, 2006, Oakland released him.
On February 2, 2007, he signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros. He was released by the Astros while pitching for the Round Rock Express, their Triple-A affiliate on June 19, 2007. On February 1, 2008, Sauerbeck signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds released him on May 6, 2008. He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, later in May. Sauerbeck's final minor league game was August 29, pitching a scoreless inning with two strikeouts against the Durham Bulls. He announced his retirement following the game. With the Knights, Scott compiled a 1-2 record with a 4.37 ERA in 37 games.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Sauerbeck's professional career
- The Baseball Library
- Indians' Sauerbeck pleads not guilty: Sports Illustrated