Sr, Northwestern State
Weight: 230 lbs
Jeff’s Quick Take: Scanio looks the part of a big, hard throwing bullpen arm. He was switched to the bullpen in college and should continue there during his pro career. He’s a senior, so should be an easy sign for the Cardinals.
Scanio, a 6-4, 230 pound, 22-year-old, is a native of St. Louis who was a third-team All-Southland Conference selection as he led the team in several categories this season including wins (5), earned run average (2.96), and appearances (31). Over his career as a Demon, Scanio accumulated an 11-4 overall record, four saves, and a 2.40 ERA. He struck out 126 batters while walking only 43 in 116 innings pitched.
“This is unbelievable,” said Scanio. “It still hasn’t hit me yet.
“I watched the draft yesterday and decided I wouldn’t put myself through that again,” he said. “I found out when a friend text messaged me congratulations and I went to look on my computer to see what was going on.”
Scanio has been a lifelong fan of the Cardinals and getting a call from the hometown team was a bit unexpected.
“The pick came out of nowhere,” said Scanio. “I filled out some information for them a while back and that is about all I had heard from them.”
He was a two-year letterman coming to NSU from St. Charles (Mo.) Community College and broke into the NSU top 10 on the career wins list with 11 after getting a win at Nicholls May 13.
Scanio knows there is still work to be done for him to get to the ultimate stage.
“I need to better develop my changeup to help support my fastball and slider,” said Scanio.
Scanio, a hard-throwing right-hander with an above-average slider, started the season in the NSU rotation but moved to the bullpen.
In a team-leading 31 appearances this season, Scanio posted a team-low 2.96 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 67 innings.