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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pleskoff: How scouts use formulas to evaluate tools

A player’s attitude or “makeup” is a crucial component of the evaluation process. Scouts try to determine if a player will bring energy, commitment, willingness to be a team player, a history of good citizenship and a love of the game to the team. Negative aspects of a player’s history can often deter the team from either signing or trading for the player. Attitude and energy for the game often separate winning organizations from those that go through the motions.

When attending a Major League or Minor League game, look behind home plate and there will be a scout with a radar gun, stopwatch and clipboard learning everything possible about a player. Without question, the player will become the subject of a written report for review and scrutiny by the scout’s front office. In reality, there’s much more than meets the eye. The player’s “tool box” will be evaluated and then evaluated again and again.

Articulating one’s true feelings in writing and/or verbally in an honest and concise manner is crucial to the player, the scout and the team. That’s the ultimate challenge for the scout. It isn’t easy.

Thanks to Edgar.

Repoz Posted: May 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 22, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4137769)
One of the advantages to going to spring training games alone is that I can usually get a very good seat. For 4 of the 5 games I went to this year I was behind home plate surrounded by scouts and for my money you can't find a better group of people to watch a game with. My personal favorite was one of the Astros guys who told some great stories and was kind enough to show me some of the paperwork he filled out and let me in on some of his process.

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