Earlier this week The Ringer published an article about some scouting reports. This article is a bit different from past ones of its kind, however. As the story goes, Ben Lindbergh mentioned wanting to look at scouting reports and a former Reds front office member obliged, sending him nearly “60,000 reports on pro players across all organizations filed from 1991 to 2003 and more than 13,000 reports on amateur players filed from 1998 to 2003”. It is an incredible treasure. Through the week The Ringer has been releasing its analysis from these reports. In one of these articles they share some notes from a scouting report on Albert Pujols. Seeing as this is a Cardinals blog, i thought you might be interested:
Albert Pujols, age 20 (June 12, 2000): Laid back approach to game. Lazy out of box. No hustle. Has some show boat in him. Lacks hard work. Don’t put in quality time in pre-game work. Ball jumps off bat. Strong swing. Hard solid contact. ... Attacks ball. Shows playable carry on throws from 3B. Makes plays at 3B. Shows quick reactions. Has soft playable hands. Drifts thru stroke on swing. Will get out front and reach for balls. Still learning situations while on base. Struggles with throwing acc. when on the move. Likes pitches low in zone. Struggles with belt high and up, breaking balls away. Value to Reds in minors. ML tops. Regular on 2nd division team. Role: 3B.
Hmmm... How did this Pujols kid turn out? Lets review!
Has some show boat in him.
Ball jumps off bat. Strong swing. Hard solid contact
Drifts thru stroke on swing. Will get out front and reach for balls.
Likes pitches low in zone.
Struggles with belt high and up, breaking balls away.
ML tops. Regular on 2nd division team.
Being a scout seems hard.
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