Through September 28, 2000
& Scouting Report
August 9, 1971, Riverside , California
Selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round of the 1992 free-agent draft.
Earned three letters, All-Academic honors and was a two-time All-WAC (Western Athletic Conference) performer while attending the University of Hawaii ... Lists his greatest thrill as beating Pepperdine in the NCAA regionals with a complete-game effort.
Once again, Milwaukee lefthander Scott Karl enjoyed an up-and-down year but finished with virtually the same numbers that he always does. Though he allowed more hits and struck out fewer batters than he had in the past, he logged a .500 record on a losing club and pitched fairly well over the last two months.
Karl is the prototypical nibbler. His arsenal--a low-80s fastball, a slider and a palmball--isn't impressive, so he must work the corners to get by. He has good enough command to do that, but gives up a decent number of walks as a result. He often gets burned when he allows a pitch to catch too much of the plate. Because he strikes out so few hitters, he relies heavily on the quality of the defense behind him. Karl became more effective over the last two months after resurrecting his curveball, a pitch he hadn't thrown since college. Stamina isn't a strength and he must be kept on a short leash.
Defense & Hitting
Karl is a very good fielder and his excellent pickoff move makes him tough to run against, though he occasionally throws the ball away. He has improved markedly as a hitter and rarely gets himself out swinging at bad pitches. He notched 11 hits last year, including two doubles and a pair of homers. He's also a good bunter and laid down a team-high 12 sacrifice bunts, which ranked sixth in the National League.
The Brewers dumped Karl's $3.3 million salary in the trade that also sent Jeff Cirillo to Colorado. He should be in for a rude awakening in Coors Field.
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