I know this is old and probably the interest has passed, but, I found a sheet that I use to keep when scouting college pitchers.
This scout sheet that I used may be a little too complicated, but, it does combine everything that I wanted to look at AFTER everything was said and done. This detail also gave me a chance to give this man a wider field of view without the tendency to pass on some kind of judgment without considering other events.
This record combined the things that I was interested in:
- batting order and the position player in that batting order.
- S-strikes, B-balls, H-hits, -BB base on balls, F-foul balls, and even
ERRORS and FIELDED FOR OUTS, pitch counts per inning and
- Those ERROS and FIELDED FOR OUTS were numbers that had implications other than just the pitching side of the equation all by itself.
I also wanted to know numbers plus percentages. Again, a perspective on what I wanted to reason out for the answers that I had to account for.
Some important considerations about that last paragraph. As coaches and staff, we’re all interested in something that might be different from someone else. I, for example, was interested in appraisals of performance, not the fundamentals. I could care less if the guy tossed peanut butter all day. That look-see was already done by someone else. On the other hand, if I saw something that I didn’t like, I’d quietly and discreetly mention it to the individual who made the initial observations, as a matter of professional courtesy.
Some other dynamics here are this:
See the far right hand side of the sheet? That listing of the batting order also shows what position that batter plays on the field. Some teams are structured like concrete - little if no flexibility in the way they field their teams. In other words, their power hitters are invariably outfielders, their hit and run guys are always shortstops, their base stealers are usually second basemen, and so forth. Also, when a batter gets into a slump, it was part of my job to notice that and keep a detail record of what was what with that man. This sheet above was just one of my memory joggers in that regard and reinforced other paperwork, not to mention passing my observations on about batting slumps to other people.
Take a closer view of this sheet and it just may combine a lot of things that may help you. The math is pretty straight forward. In fact, I remember someone - a neighbor’s kid, did an Excel spreadsheet so all I had to do was plop in the basics and presto… the math and % were all done automatically.