Scott Emerson returns for his fourth season on the A's Major League coaching staff and his 16th in the A's organization. He joined the coaching staff in Oakland for the 2015 season as bullpen coach and took over the reigns as pitching coach on June 15, 2017.
Emerson spent two seasons as minor league roving pitching instructor from 2013-14 after 10 years as a pitching coach at various levels. He joined the A's organization in 2003 as pitching coach at Single-A Modesto and served two seasons there before the A's moved their affiliate to Stockton. After two seasons with the Ports, Emerson had a five-year stint at Double-A Midland from 2007-11. He was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento in 2012 and spent one season with the River Cats.
Emerson's coaching career began in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2000 when he was named the pitching coach for the Pirates Gulf Coast Rookie League club at Bradenton. He spent two years in the GCL and one at Single-A Williamsport in 2002 before joining the A's organization.
Emerson pitched professionally for six seasons in the Baltimore (1992-95), Boston (1995-96) and Arizona (1997) organizations. He was a 10-game winner at Single-A Albany in 1993 and was traded to the Red Sox organization early during the 1995 season. The left-hander signed with Arizona after being released by Boston in the spring of 1997. He pitched in three games for Single-A High Desert before concluding his professional career with Rio Grande Valley of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1997. Emerson was 27-29 with a 4.16 ERA in 135 games, 79 starts in his career.
Emerson was drafted by San Diego in the 21st round of the 1990 June draft out of Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix, Ariz.) but did not sign. He attended Scottsdale Community College and signed with the Baltimore organization after the Orioles selected him in the 40th round of the 1991 June draft.
Emerson and his wife, Jill, make their offseason home in Rockingham, N.C.