Friday, January 8, 2010

Scott Podsednik (97) signs with Kansas City

Scott Podsednik a Cougar from 1997 signed a one year deal with the Kansas City Royals. In the deal the Royals would have a club option for 2011. The deal in worth 1.75 millin with incentives that could increase the deal to about 2 millon. The option for 2011 is for 2 millon, with incentives that could earn him an additional 300,000.

Podsednik can void the option if he reaches 525 plate appearances in 2010.

Scott played for the Cougars in 1997, he hit .277 in 135 games with 147 hits and 23 doubles. He had 28 stolen bases that year. He was originally drafted by Texas in the 3rd round of the 1994 draft. Scott played for the Gulf Coast League Rangers and the Hudson Valley Renegades in the Texas system before being traded to Florida. He was traded on October 8th, 1995 completing the deal in which the Marlins sent Bobby Witt to Texas for two players to be named later. One of those players was Wilson Heredia and the other Podsednik.
He started out with the Marlins system in Brevard County in 1996 and Kane County in 1997.

In December of 1997 he was picked up by the Rangers in the rule five draft. With the Rangers he played in Charlotte, Tulsa and the Gulf Coast league thru the 2000 season.
After the 2000 season he became a minor league free agent and signed with the Seattle Mariners

2001, Scott would see the majors for the first time as he played five games up with the big club. He spent 14 games with them the next year. 2001 in Tacoma he hit .290 in 66 games. In 2002 he was with Tacoma again and hit .279.

Somehow the Mariners lost him on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers on October 11th, 2002. In Milwaukee he would shine. In 2003, he hit .313 in 154 games with the Brewers with 43 stolesn bases. In 2004 he only hit .244 in 154 games but stole 70 bases. He did strike out 105 times.

The Chicago White Sox got Podsednik in a trade on December 13th, 2004, in the trade he came to the south side for Luis Vizaino and Travis Hinton. The Sox gave up Carlos Lee. The 2005 season would be a magical one on the south side. He hit .290 in 129 games with 59 stolesn bases. He batted leadoff most of the year and if it wasn't for injuries to his legs would've been better for the Sox. In the playoffs and world series he hit .286 in 12 games with six stolen bases, in route to helping the Sox win the world series.

Over the next couple of years he kept on hurting himself. He was out with pulled groins, pulled rib cage muscles, and other injuries. The White Sox designated him for assignment and waived him in November of 2007.

The 2008 season Scott would spend in Colorado Springs, where he rehabbed from injuries for four games, and the played 93 games for the Rockies, hitting .253.

2009, would be another awakening for Podsednik as he would return to his old form. He started out the year in Colorado Springs, before being released. He would be picked up by the White Sox and assigned to Charlotte. In 10 games he would hit .262, and show enough to be brought up to the big club once again. He would get into 132 games for the Sox and hit .304 with 163 hits and 30 stolen bases as a leadoff hitter.

A numbers and age game played against Scott in the offseason of 2009-2010. He would sign with the Kansas City Royals.

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