Scruggs batting for the Memphis Redbirds in 2015
|Born: September 23, 1987|
Diamond Bar, California
|MLB: September 4, 2014, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|KBO: March 31, 2017, for the NC Dinos|
|Runs batted in||14|
|KBO statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||208|
Xavier Ladel Scruggs (born September 23, 1987) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, and the NC Dinos of the KBO League.
Scruggs was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 50th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Poway High School in Poway, California, but did not sign and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to play college baseball for the UNLV Rebels. During his three years at UNLV he hit .328/.427/.652 with 34 home runs and 112 runs batted in. After his junior year, Scruggs was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round of the 2008 Draft and signed with the Cardinals.
Scruggs called up to the majors for the first time on September 4, 2014. He made his major league debut that day, but his major league action in 2014 was brief. He started the next season at Memphis. After batting .274 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 17 games in April, he was named the Cardinals' organizations Player of the Month. The Cardinals recalled him from Memphis on June 19, 2015. Four days later against the Miami Marlins, he provided three hits and two RBI, including a game-tying double, in an eventual 4-3 win. Another three-hit, two-RBI effort followed on June 27 in an 8-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
On November 30, 2015, Scruggs signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. He was called up from Triple-A to play first base for the Marlins on August 19, 2016, and hit his first career homer, a 2-run shot off Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl, in a 3-1 Marlins win on August 20. On October 24, he was outrighted off of the team's 40-man roster.
Scruggs signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the NC Dinos of the KBO League on December 26, 2016. He became a free agent following the 2018 season. In two years with the Dinos in the KBO, Scruggs hit 61 home runs and drove in 208 runs.