Scott Rice

Scott Adam Rice (born September 21, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. A first-round draft pick in the 1999 MLB Draft, his career was slowed by injuries. He pitched in minor league baseball for 14 seasons before his first promotion to Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2013. He made his MLB debut with the New York Mets on April 1, 2013.

Scott Rice
Rice with the New York Mets
Born: (1981-09-21) September 21, 1981
Simi Valley, California
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 1, 2013, for the New York Mets
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 2014, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record5–7
Earned run average4.18


Rice attended Royal High School in Simi Valley, California. He played for the high school baseball team as a pitcher.[1] The Baltimore Orioles drafted Rice in the first round, with the 44th overall selection, of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He played in minor league baseball for the Orioles organization through 2005, reaching Class AA, then signed with the Texas Rangers in 2006, reaching Class AAA.[3] He made only eight appearances in 2007 due to injury, and had surgery on his flexor tendon in 2008.[4]

Rice returned to baseball pitching in independent leagues, playing for the Long Island Ducks in 2008 and the Newark Bears in 2009.[2][3] He then pitched in the Colorado Rockies organization in 2010 and for the Chicago Cubs in spring training in 2011, but was released.[2]

Rice joined the York Revolution of the Atlantic League in 2011.[2] During the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Rice and assigned him to their Class AA minor league team.[5] The Dodgers invited Rice to spring training in 2012, but he did not make the team, and was instead assigned to pitch for the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).[4]

New York Mets

Invited to spring training by the New York Mets in 2013, Rice made the Mets' Opening Day roster,[6] the first time he was named to an MLB roster after 480 appearances in 14 minor league seasons.[4] He made his MLB debut on April 1, 2013, striking out Nick Hundley and Cameron Maybin and retiring Will Venable on a ground out in one inning of work.[7] Rice made 73 appearances, and recorded a 3.71 earned run average (ERA).[8]

After struggling through the start of 2014 season, pitching to a 5.93 ERA and 1.98 walks plus hits per inning pitched in 32 appearances, the Mets demoted Rice to the Las Vegas 51s of the PCL on June 23.[9] He underwent elbow surgery in July to remove a bone spur.[10] The Mets removed Rice from the 40-man roster after the 2014 season, making him a free agent.[11] Rice re-signed with the Mets on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training in December.[12]

Arizona Diamondbacks

Rice signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in December 2015. He was released on May 9, 2016.

York Revolution

Rice resigned with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. This marked Rice's return to York for the first time since 2011. He became a free agent after the 2016 season.


  1. DOMINGUEZ, FERNANDO (May 29, 1999). "Prospects Eager to Sprint for the Bucks - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  2. "Fully recovered, Revs' Rice putting up numbers - The York Daily Record". May 28, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  3. "After 14 years in the minors, NY Mets pitcher Scott Rice finally hits it big". NY Daily News. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  4. "Royal High graduate Scott Rice makes Mets' opening-day roster » Ventura County Star". Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  5. "Revs lose Scott Rice to Dodgers organization - The York Daily Record". March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  6. New Jersey (November 1, 2011). "Mets' Scott Rice realizes dream after 14 seasons in the minors". Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  7. "NY Mets pitcher Scott Rice finally lives dream of pitching in MLB game on Opening Day". New York Daily News. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  8. "Mets lefty Scott Rice springs into action after a major step up". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  9. "Mets activate Gonzalez Germen off disabled list, demote Scott Rice to AAA". Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  10. Vorkunov, Mike (March 8, 2015). "Mets reliever Scott Rice returns from his own major elbow surgery". Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  11. "Andrew Brown goes to A's as Mets clear room on 40-man roster". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  12. Rubin, Adam (February 22, 2015). "Rice: Re-signing with Mets obvious choice". Retrieved February 23, 2015.
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