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Roy Halladay's scouting report as a 21-year-old prospect

Oct 7, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

In honor of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter Conor Glassey of Baseball America went back through the magazine’s archives and found the scouting report published when Halladay was the Blue Jays’ top prospect in 1998.

The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few of the highlights …

– Halladay became so close with the Blue Jays scout who signed him in 1995 that he bought the scout “a satellite television system” with part of his signing bonus.

– “Hallday has a prototype pitcher’s body. He’s tall, lanky and flexible–and has plenty of stamina.”

– “Halladay just needs a little refinement to be a legitimate big league, front-of-the-rotation pitcher.”

As far as dozen-year-old scouting reports written about then-21-year-old pitchers who go on to become Cy Young winners and throw playoff no-hitters, it’s pretty much right on the money.

Also interesting: Glassey notes that 53 different players on playoff rosters were once Baseball America‘s top-ranked prospect in their respective organization while in the minors.

  1. John_Michael - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Aaron, tell Craig that Rick Ankiel is near the bottom to make him feel better.

  2. PAU - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Though I’m certainly impressed with how prescient the scouting report is, what I find so amazing is how much things have changed for him. Presumably, Halladay’s mid-90s fastball at 21 was a 4-seamer. He still throws it but has added cutters and 2-seamers to the mix that dart in or out of the strike zone seemingly at his will . The bigger breaking ball is still there, but he’s ditched what BA said might be his best pitch in that slider. Finally, while his changeup was considered a weakness then, I’d say it has to be considered his best pitch ever since he changed grips.

  3. Buccofan - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    This has nothing to do with Halladay, but–A lot of the reason that so many top prospects are on playoff rosters is that they were deemed top prospects by their organizations, “and by God, we’re going to keep them around until they justify our opinion of them.” Most are good enough to have justified their organizations’ faith in them, but many are just there because the organization is and has been in love with them because they’re “top prospects”.

  4. Ditto65 - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Frenchie is on the list!

  5. JBerardi - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    I would bet that a lot more top prospects went on to become legitimately good players (if not superstars like Halladay) than what you’re describing.

  6. BC - Oct 7, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    No Mariano Rivera. Interesting….

  7. Jeremy - Oct 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    I also found the fact that lots of players on playoff teams were once #1 prospects within some (not necessarily their current) organization to be unsurprising, but for a different reason. Surely most major leaguers were at some point among the top players in their organization. If you’re just an ok AA or AAA player, you don’t make the majors, or at least you don’t stay for very long. I’d only find this factoid interesting if non-playoff teams have a much lower percentage of former #1-in-their-organization prospects. That would imply that playoff teams are much better than others at keeping their top prospects, and/or acquiring the top prospects of other teams (I’ve no idea if this is true, but it would be interesting if it were).

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