Bynum of Fairbanks draws college, pro interest in Arizona

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 14, 2014

The spotlight was glaring, with dozens of professional scouts and college coaches in the stands, but it didn’t wilt Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks.

In fact, he shined brighter.

The 18-year-old centerfielder with the Alaska Baseball Academy batted .444 with four extra-base hits in 18 at-bats at the Arizona Fall Classic over the weekend in Peoria.

“I try to rise to the occasion,” Bynum said. “I thought I saw the ball really well. It was huge to me.”

Bynum’s performance left a lingering impression with scouts and coaches, making the 6-footer seem ten feet tall.

“Scooter drew as much or more attention than any player in the 67-team tournament,” said ABA coach Tony Wylie, who also is part of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.

Bynum, of Monroe Catholic High fame, showed off his speed with an inside-the-park home run and standup triple. He added a pair of doubles.

“I wanted to do better than I did last year. Last year I had a couple strikeouts and made a couple mental mistakes,” he said. “I wanted to clean that up and just show everybody that I had become a better player.”

Oh, they paid attention alright.

Bynum was approached by professional scouts with the Cubs, Brewers and White Sox in addition to numerous college coaches.

“This was the second time in the tournament and that extra year definitely helped with the pressure,” he said. “I just kept calm and got the job done. You only get to come to this tournament once a year. I had to take advantage of it.”

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media DIrector.