Scott Proctor: San Francisco Giants sign Treasure Coast pitcher
Mike Graham, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
2:31 PM, Jan 1, 2013
JENSEN BEACH — Veteran Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher Scott Proctor has agreed to terms with the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants, according to his agent, Mark Rodgers.
"It's an honor to play for an organization that has such a winning tradition," Proctor said Tuesday while on vacation in North Carolina. "(San Francisco) focuses on the fundamentals that I believe in and to get an opportunity to play for an organization that does it the right way is quite an opportunity for me."
The deal was completed late Monday night, Rodgers said, and Proctor will sign a minor league contract. He will not be on San Francisco's 40-man roster, but has been invited to major league spring training.
"For a veteran player like Scott, if he does what he is capable of doing, he will make the major league club," said Rodgers, a Palm City resident. "If not, he will start at Triple-A (Fresno, Calif.), but San Francisco does has a history of going to their veteran guys at the Triple-A level when the need arises.
"(San Francisco) contacted us once they understood that Scott was not going back to Korea or going to Japan. We jumped at the opportunity for him to get back in Major League Baseball."
Financial terms of the one-year deal where not released.
In 2012, Proctor played in the Korea Baseball Organization for the Doosan Bears, where he had a terrific season with a 1.79 ERA, 35 saves and a 4-4 record in 57 games (55.3 innings).
It was in Korea that Proctor refined a split-finger fastball, which, he said, gave him another important out pitch.
"It was something that I had been tinkering with for years, but it is a dangerous pitch that puts a lot of strain on your arm. You try not to go down that road unless you have to," said Proctor, who has had two surgeries on his right elbow — including a "Tommy John" procedure in May of 2009.
"I was fortunate to have one of the best split-finger fastball coaches (Kim Kyung-Won) over in Korea, and he taught a lot about when and how to throw it. It has rejuvenated (my) career, but I'm still learning how to use it."
Proctor, used extensively as a setup man during his career, will battle for a position in a San Francisco bullpen that will return virtually intact in 2013. Jeremy Affeldt (1-2 record, 2.70 ERA in 67 games) and Santiago Casilla (7-6 record, 2.84 ERA in 73 games) were the key setup pitchers for the Giants in 2012. San Francisco is likely to move reliever Sergio Romo, another set-up pitcher in 2012, into the full-time closer spot in 2013, after he posted four saves in the 2012 postseason — including three in the World Series.
"San Francisco has a great pitching staff from top to bottom," Proctor said, "and I have heard phenomenal stuff about their pitching coach (Dave Righetti).
"I'm going in with the idea of showing them what I can do and make the most of this opportunity."
Rodgers said Proctor's main competition will come from within.
"It's not a matter of who he has to beat out, but rather him trusting his stuff and pitching to his potential," Rodgers said. "If he does that, (the Giants) will find a spot for him."
Proctor, who turns 36 on Wednesday, last pitched in the major leagues for the New York Yankees in 2011.
From 2004 through 2011, Proctors pitched for the Yankees, Dodgers and Braves. His best season came in 2006 for the Yankees, when he appeared in a American League high 83 games, posted a 6-4 record with a 3.52 ERA.
In 2006, he set career high marks for wins (6), ERA (3.52), strikeouts (89) and innings pitched (102), and he would come back in 2007 to appear in 83 more games for the Yankees (52) and Dodgers (31).
Proctor is expected to report with pitchers and catchers to the Giants spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 12. San Francisco opens spring training play on Feb. 23 at home against the California Angels and the regular season on April 1 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"Now the work begins," said Proctor, who will return to the Treasure Coast later this week to resume training.