Born: Jan 24, 1984
A Houston native, LHP Scott Edward Kazmir was a pitching phenom for Cypress Falls High School, hurling five no-hitters in six games during his junior season. In his senior year he struck out 172 batters in 75 innings for an 0.37 ERA.
Kazmir was selected by the New York Mets in the first round (15th overall) of the 2002 summer MLB draft. He had risen to the Mets' AA farm club by 2004 when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, for whom he made his major league debut in 2004 at the age of 20.
Over the next few seasons Kazmir was one of the few bright spots for a team that often posted 90+ losses a year, while becoming one of the better lefties in baseball, pairing a sharp breaking slider with a mid-90s fastball. Nagging injuries and inconsistency lead to his being traded to the Anaheim Angels in 2009, where he was eventually released in 2011.
Individual work and stints with independent minor league teams in 2012 and 2013, including the Sugar Land Skeeters, got him another shot at the majors with the 2013 Cleveland Indians. Scott then signed with the Oakland A's for 2014, where he won a career-best 15 games.
At the trade deadline in 2015, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow traded for Scott, sending minor leaguers Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham to Oakland in return.