The Rockies have signed outfielder Scott Schebler to a minor league deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter). Schebler will receive an invitation to Colorado’s big league spring camp.
Schebler, 31, has seen his MLB time dwindle since popping 30 home runs for the 2017 Reds. He remained a solid contributor in the club’s 2018 outfield despite battling through multiple IL stints. Schebler opened 2019 as the Reds’ starting center fielder, but was optioned to Triple-A by May. He didn’t end up returning to the show that year, and was eventually designated for assignment in July 2020. He was shipped to the Braves in a trade, but quickly bumped off Atlanta’s 40-man roster as well.
After signing an offseason minor league deal with the Angels, Schebler had his contract selected in mid-April of 2021. He spent the season going on and off the Angels’ 40-man roster, picking up only 34 big league plate appearances. In 285 Triple-A plate appearances, Schebler posted a 70 wRC+.
A 26th round pick by the Dodgers back in 2010 out of Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa, nothing has been handed to Schebler in his seven-year Major League career. He showed legitimate pop in his time with the Reds before injuries hit, and he’ll look to earn playing time in a currently-unsettled Rockies outfield where Connor Joe, Sam Hilliard, and Raimel Tapia are projected as starters.