Brewers Supervisor Scout Scott Nichols Holds Clinic
Paden City 1981 graduate Scott Nichols, Supervisor of Scouting for the Milwaukee Brewers held a free baseball clinic at the Paden City High School baseball field on Saturday July 3, 2021 for ages 7-18. Nichols was assisted by Coach Brent Croasmun, Luke Cooper, Hayden Hizer, Jay and Trey Slider, and Brad Baker.
Scott was also accompanied by his oldest son Garrett (25) an up and coming musician. Nichols is the father of three children, Garrett, Lindsey (24), and Trey (19).
Nichols was back in his hometown for his 40th Alumni Reunion and being honored as the 2021 PCHS Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient and wanted to hold the clinic for the area ball players.
Twenty or so kids ages 7-18 kids showed up for the clinic. Scott said he had free stuff to award the participants.
While chatting with Scott he said, “It was nice getting back to Paden City and catching up with old friends. I am enjoying what I do and get to take in a lot of ball games and see some amazing talent. I live in Richland, Mississippi and cover four states, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and the Florida panhandle.”
The kids that were attending the free clinic were enjoying themselves and paying attention to a fellow that really knows the game, being A former player, hitting instructor, and now a scout. Scott Nichols played as high as AAA then became a scout.
Nichols was undrafted out of college. He play at California University of PA and signed with the St. Louis Cardinals and went 4 for 20 with a triple for the 1985 Erie Cardinals. In 1986, he hit .217/.329/.317 for the St. Petersburg Cardinals, with 10 passed balls in 43 games behind the plate.
He improved to .236/.377/.356 with 58 walks and a career-high 6 homers for the 1987 Savannah Cardinals, appearing in the outfield, at 1B, C, 2B and 3B in a utility role. In ’88, Scott batted .217/.310/.310 for the Springfield Cardinals, backing up Ed Fulton at catcher and Rod Brewer at 1B.
He split 1989 between St. Petersburg (.198/.314/.291 in 35 G) and the Arkansas Travelers(.240/.322/.260 in 20 G). In 1990, he played for Arkansas (.157/.279/.157 in 43 G) and the Louisville Redbirds(.143/.229/.159 in 27 G) in his worst year. In 1991, he hit .222/.391/.444 in 28 games for Louisville, backing up Ray Stephens and Fulton at catcher. Overall, he had hit .210/.328/.300 in 377 minor league games, with 123 runs, 104 RBI, 158 walks and 15 homers. He showed good speed for a catcher, with 17 steals in 21 tries.
Nichols remained with the Cardinals organization until 2007, working as a scout. He signed Colby Rasmus, P.J. Walters, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Brandon Dickson and Mark Hamilton. He then moved to the Kansas City Royals for a couple years, signing Louis Coleman and Johnny Giavotella.
Nichols then became a private hitting coach and designed the Lock and Load Swingmaster to help people practice their swing. He also scouted for the New York Mets, signing Chase Bradford.
He signed Brandon Woodruff, the Brewers ace while scouting for his current team the Milwaukee Brewers.
Was good seeing Scott and reminiscing about old times and hearing about his current situation of scouting in the Big Leagues!