Scott's preparation impressing team
Left fielder seeking out every possible angle to help self
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Dave Trembley is a big fan of players being preparing to do their jobs before they take the field. That's why talking about the way left fielder Luke Scott does a few extra things makes him smile.
Trembley enjoys watching how Scott will come back to the bench after each at-bat and write down snippets of information in a notebook about how he was pitched to -- little things that could help Scott the next time he sees that pitcher or at some point later in the season. That's called preparation, and it's what Trembley loves.
"Managing in the Minor Leagues, I'd hand out books to everybody, and they'd catalog their at-bats and who they were facing," Trembley said. "He's still doing it, [and] he will play here against left-handed pitching."
Scott has gotten off to a good start in his first week with the Orioles, batting .538, the best among Baltimore's starters. Trembley also made it clear that the left-handed hitting Scott will get the regular playing time this year, including plenty of work against left-handed pitchers, something the former Astros player really wants.
Scott said using the notebook system can give him a little bit of an edge when he comes to bat.
"It gives me something I can go back to," Scott said. "Whether a pitcher changes it or not, sometimes you can notice a patter. When I go up to the plate, I have an idea of what I'm going to do. "
Scott came into Monday's game on a hot streak. He got three hits apiece in Saturday and Sunday's victories over the Mariners and was on a 6-for-7 roll.
He was 7-for-13 with two walks and two RBIs coming into the game and blasted a fly ball to deep right on his first at-bat that Brad Wilkerson caught on the warning track.
But it's the regular playing time that seems to be giving him the most pleasure. Scott said it's important for good hitters to see all kinds of pitchers or it's harder to make adjustments when batting.
"If you're not used to facing that kind of [pitcher]... you're not as fine-tuned and in rhythm as you could be," Scott said.
Scott's already made quite an impression with Trembley for several reasons. The skipper likes how Scott has no attitude, is grounded and understands the value of hard work.
"I know Luke Scott pretty good; this guy mentally, he's as tough as nails," Trembley said. "This guy is pretty right on with what he does."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.