For what it’s worth, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus spoke to a scout who was at the Matsuzaka spring training game yesterday. Goldstein reports:
To the scout, he looked like a No. 2 or 3 starter for now, as he didn’t
see that one dominating 70+ offering one normally sees in top-level
starter, but again, it’s early.
Indeed it’s early. As a Yanks fan who basically believes that this guy is the real deal, if only because so many people think so, I’m going with the idea that no pitcher shows 70+ stuff in his first spring training outing. But maybe, pitchers such as Johan Santana can’t help but show their dominant stuff even during a poor outing. Scouting is a truly interesting art/science (what would you call it?) and one profession that I’ve been thinking about a lot of late. What makes a good scout good? Who are the best scouts in the game? These are questions that are hard to answer and probably show just how naive I am on the subject. I wonder if there’s a decent book about scouting. Anyone know?