Forgotten Pittsburgh Pirates: Relief Pitcher Rob Scahill


In 2015, many Pittsburgh Pirates fans were surprised when reliever Rob Scahill made the team out of spring training. What has become of the righty reliever?

On November 11, 2014, ex-Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington traded minor league reliever Shane Carle to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Rob Scahill.  This came at a time when Huntington was in a stretch of seemingly doing no wrong as the team’s GM. Scahill would be another example of this.

With the Rockies in 2014, Scahill posted a 4.80 ERA and a 6.27 FIP in 15 innings of work. However, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Scahill would have a successful 2015 season. His 2015 season, however, would consist of just 30.2 innings at the MLB level.

The 2015 season saw Scahill post a 2.84 ERA and a 4.50 FIP in 30.2 innings of work with the Pirates. He allowed three home runs, walked 16 batters, and struck out 24. He would spend the 2015 season bouncing back and forth between the Pirates and Triple-A Indianapolis.

In 2016, Scahill logged 16.1 more innings with the Pirates. While his FIP dropped to 3.82, his ERA rose to 4.41. On July 12, 2016, Scahill was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers after being designed for assignment by the Pirates. Thus ending his two year run in Pittsburgh.

Scahill pitched 18.1 innings for the Brewers in 2016, and 22.1 more innings in 2017. However, his tenure in Milwaukee would be short lived.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Scahill agreed to a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. It was with the White Sox in 2018 that Scahill would make his last MLB appearance. He signed a minor league deal with the cross-town Chicago Cubs prior to the start of the 2019 season, but he would not appear in a MLB game as he was released on March 9. Currently, he is still a free agent.

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While Scahill was never some bullpen ace, he still pitched quality innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015 and 2016. This included posting a suc-3.00 ERA for the 2015 Pirates, which was one of the best clubs in franchise history as they won 98 games. But now, he has been largely forgotten in the annals of Pirate history.