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Everything you ever wanted to know about scouting but were afraid to ask

Aug 24, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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Today is Acquaint Readers with The Jobs of Real Baseball Professionals Day.

Earlier it was beat writers. Now: scouts. In the form of a very long yet very interesting look at what scouts really do by Dave Gershman of Beyond the Box Score.

It’s complicated in places, but highly illuminating, focusing on how a scouting report is actually complied, but throwing off a lot of interesting random observations as well.

Yes, we’re sort of in teaching mode today, but forgive me. My kids are back in school now so I’m sort of in that mood.

  1. sknut - Aug 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    That was a good article, I find it interesting the OFP tool and how they add and take away from it. The report was easy to read and gave a good sense of who that player projects to be.

    I also liked the part where some evaluators don’t read reports before seeing someone, keeps the bias out and can help see if the scouts and other people see the same things.

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