Scott Firth is a 2009 Stevenson graduate and right-handed pitcher who was born in Buffalo Grove. The 23-year-old is also a Clemson alum who focused his studies on sociology and psychology, two pursuits he said have helped him on the mound.
Firth — who was picked by the Colorado Rockies in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft — is pitching for the Tri-City Dust Devils, chasing his Major League dreams in what’s known as the Class A Short Season Northwest League. It’s a step above the rookie league for minor leaguers. In nine appearances in 2014 (as of July 7), Firth has yet to allow an earned run (8 IP, 3 H, 2 BB 7 K) as the team’s closer. He has six saves while holding opposing hitters to a .115 average.
Firth spoke with Pioneer Press on Sunday during a four-hour team bus ride through Washington.
Q: Where are you at right now?
A: “I’m headed back from Everett, Washington, in the Tri-Cities area. So it’s about a four-hour trip. The league I’m in now, there’s a little more experience than rookie ball. Guys are a more refined. It’s a lot of driving and there’s a lot of trees, but it’s fun. It’s a lot different than any place I’ve ever been. I’m out here chasing my dreams. There aren’t a lot of days off. We have maybe four or five days off and about 75 or 80 games. It’s a lot of travel and there are some guys who don’t like it, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Stevenson, Stevenson Baseball, Stevenson High School, Stevenson Patriots