Was a 2005 graduate of Poway (Calif.) High School where he lettered three times in baseball .... helped his team to the league championship his senior year and was named Poway's Male Athlete of the Year in 2005...earned team MVP honors and First Team All-CIF honors in 2005 after leading his team offensively and also going 7-0 as a pitcher...lettered in football in 2004...attended University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) where he hit the second pitch he saw in his collegiate career over the fence for a solo home run against Pepperdine on 2/3/06...after his junior season (2008) was named the 2008 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, UNLV's Sportsman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American after he won the MWC Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average (.379), home runs (20) and RBI (65)...resides in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Played in 135 games at Memphis (AAA), second most on the squad...Made his Major League debut at Milwaukee (9/4) starting at first base and batting seventh. Was 0-for-3 with a strikeout...Recorded first Major League hit at Cincinnati (9/9) with a pinch-hit RBI double to right off J.J. Hoover scoring Peter Bourjos...Played in nine games in St. Louis making three starts at first. Was 3-for-15 (.200) with a double and two RBI, both vs. CIN...Led all Cardinals minor leaguers with 82 runs scored, 233 total bases and 87 RBI...Ranked among Cardinals minor league leaders in hits (135, 4th), doubles (29, 2nd), home runs (21, 2nd), walks (53, 2nd), slugging (.494, 3rd), on-base pct (.370, 9th) and OPS (.864, 6th)...Played in one game of the Pacific Coast League playoffs before being recalled by St. Louis...His 87 RBI ranked 5th in the Pacific Coast League...Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week (8/11-18) batting .407 (11-27) with 3 HR and 11 RBI. It was during a 12-game hitting streak in which Scruggs also scored in nine straight games (15 runs total) and had two multi-HR games...Posted multi-HR games within five days of each other (8/10 vs. New Orleans and 8/14 at Albuquerque)...Had three games with 5 or more RBI topping out at 6 RBI at Albuquerque (8/14)...Hit .248 prior to the All-Star Break then .353 (60-170) in the second half with 12 HR, 37 RBI and a 1.076 OPS...Crushed left-handed pitchers at a .350 clip (49-140) with 11 home runs...Batted .328 (40-122) with runners in scoring position...Led Pacific Coast League first basemen in games (133), total chances (1,125), putouts (1063) and double plays (106)...Had 5 HR and 19 RBI in 28 games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
Spent his second full season with Springfield (AA), starting 127 games at first base...Had a career high 111 hits, 48 of which where extra-base hits (43%)...His 29 home runs ranked 2nd in the Texas League and led all Cardinals minor league players, while his 81 RBI ranked 4th in the Cardinals minor league organization. Has hit 20+ homers in four-straight seasons (2010-13)...His .487 slugging pct was 5th in the league and 82 walks led the league and were 2nd among all Cards minor leaguers...Named the Texas League Player of the Week on 5/6 after going 7-13 (.538) that included four home runs and 10 RBI...Started the week off with a two-homer game vs. Arkansas and hit the go-ahead home run in the 7th vs. Tulsa on 5/4.
Spent the season playing 130 games with Double-A Springfield ....... ranked 2nd in the Texas League with 91 RBI, which also ranked 2nd among Cardinals minor leaguers ..... ranked 2nd among Cardinals minor leaguers in home runs (22), 5th in walks (58) and T6th with 26 doubles ..... batted a team high .276 with one home run and 5RBI in the Texas League playoffs ..... tied for the most Texas League playoff hits with eight ..... named the Texas League Player of the Week 8/6-12 (.429, 9-21).
Played the entire year at Palm Beach (High-A)...ranked 4th in the Florida State League with 21 home runs and ranked 5th with a .494 slugging pct....homered every 19.57 at-bats, ranking 4th in the FSL.
Began the season at High-A Palm Beach...named Flordia State League Player of the Week (5/31-6/6) in which he batted .438 (7-16) with four home runs and 8 RBI...named a FSL All-Star...promoted to Springfield (AA) on 7/26...ranked in the Top-10 among Cardinals minor leaguers in home runs (3rd, 21), RBI (4th, 74) and slugging percentage (T9th, .472).
Began the season at Batavia (A) for a second season and was transferred to Quad Citiies (A) on 8/3 where he finished out the season...was named Midwest Leage Player of the Week (8/3-9) his first week in the league, batting .556 (15-27) with four homers and 15 RBI, including a 5-for-6 game at Burlington (8/9) and a 5 RBI game vs. Cedar Rapids (8/5)...hit 14 home runs between Batavia and Quad Citites to rank T5th among Cardinals minor leaguers...ranked T9th with 59 RBI and 10th in walks (44).
Upon being drafted and signing with the Cardinals, reported to Batavia (A) where he got off to a slow start
(4-41 in June) before hitting .275 in July...played strictly at first.