Dbacks/Reno Aces sign veteran outfielder Matt Szczur
Outfielder Matt Szczur signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. If he doesn’t win a roster spot in spring training, Szczur will open the season with the Triple-A Reno Aces.
A 29-year-old right-hand batter has played five big league seasons as an outfielder and pinch hitter. He has a good batting eye but not much power or speed. Szczur has a .259 career batting average in 589 at bats, with 65 walks and a .312 on base percentage. He has played all three outfield positions, mostly in left field.
In 57 games with the San Diego Padres last season, Szczur hit .187 with a home run and six RBIs.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Szczur out of Villanova in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Draft. His best season was in 2016, when the Cubs won the World Series. He played in 107 games and batted .259.
The Aces had another World Series champion Cub last season, pitcher Jake Buchanan, who signed a minor league contract this off-season with the Oakland A’s. The A’s Triple-A team has moved from Nashville and will play in the Aces Pacific Coast League division in the new Las Vegas Ballpark. Their name is the Las Vegas Aviators.
ABOUT Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.