Scott Oberg bio
Player: Scott Oberg
Jersey Number: 41
School: University of Connecticut
Hometown: Tewksbury, Mass.
Height, Weight: 6-2, 205
Best Baseball Memory: First time going to Fenway Park.
Greatest Baseball Accomplishment: Winning the Clemson Regional.
Favorite Player Growing Up: Nolan Ryan. I grew up watching the end of his career.
Most Influential Player/Role Model: My parents because of what they taught me.
Favorite Food: Steak.
Favorite Pregame Meal: Don’t have one.
Off-field hobbies: Fishing.
Favorite Movie or Book: “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Scott Oberg shared the dream most Rookie League players have: playing Major League Baseball.
His dream though, came with an addendum: Being on a baseball card. That’s because his father worked in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the company that made Score baseball cards.
Getting the opportunity to pursue his dream came with a major hurdle, though. He had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last year, but he had to wait more than a month after the diagnosis to have the operation. The University of Connecticut’s team surgeon was unavailable because he was traveling with the men’s basketball team during its run to the national championship.
“It was February 2011 I did it,” Oberg said, recalling the injury occurred as the team prepared for a trip to Texas. “We were doing intrasquad, and I was throwing live, and that’s when I felt a pop in there.”
Recovering to the point he could pitch again took about 11 months, but it was in time for him to play for the Huskies this spring and shine as their relief ace. In 22 games, he went 5-0 with nine saves, a 0.99 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36 1/3 innings.
During the rehabilitation of his elbow, his biggest question was: “Are you going to be back to the way you used to be?”
The answer was no. Oberg came back better"I’ve been lucky that my velocity’s gotten faster. I think my breaking stuff’s gotten better. I found a change-up,” he said. “I don’t know that I get drafted if I don’t have the surgery.”
Speaking of the draft, getting selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 15th round forced him to make a decision. Go pro, or go back for a fifth year at UConn, where he had one more year of eligibility? He gave it some thought, then signed the pro contract.
What can Rockies fans expect from the young man with the resurrected arm? A fastball in the low 90s, a breaking ball that is his out pitch and a change-up.
“I like to get a lot of ground balls,” Oberg said. “Pitching to contact is definitely going to be a big thing here.”