In the scouting world there are a lot of things that go into the process of look, evaluate, pass on.
The road of appraising a man’s current and future potential is purely based on the amount of time and money it’s going to take to bring said player up to par with talent already in place - and that is NOT the decision of one man or woman.
A series of look-sees, opinions, telephone calls, data collections and meetings of various people, and even some video or film will be hashed over and over. The playing environment that’s currently in place and the talent pool of, say, two or three years from now is also considered. In short - what’s available and what do we need for the foreseeable future, who’s leaving, who’s got the attitude of “I’m out of here”, who’s injury prone and high maintenance. And don’t forget the college game - who’s graduating, who’s transferring, who’s going pro, is also in there.
When it all comes down to it, in the scouting world, theres one cardinal rule- Velocity > EVERYTHING. Mechanics, offspeed, location, just the general art of pitching, can all be taught or learned.
In some scouting circles this has worth, but to be on the side of caution, I would hesitate on leaving that statement as-is.
Blinding velocity does seem to have its attractions, but along with blinding velocity comes other things like:
At what cost has this player achieved this?
What’s his durability been like?
Where did he get his training to achieve this velocity? Amateur, professional, self taught?
What’s his personal care habits like to address his post appearance?
Does he rely on velocity and velocity alone?
What’s it gonna take in time and money to correct … anything?
I included that last item in bold letters for a reason. However, before I state my reasons, please don’t think that I being rude or impersonal to anyone who has hopes to making it into the college or professional ranks.
The scouting profession is no different from any other job. It’s a job. It’s a way to earn money, pay bills, EAT. And the job isn’t offered to just anybody. A scout has to have a worth to his/her eye for talent, collecting a ton of information, then passing that info along. Then somewhere, a chain of decision makers collects all this data and makes comparisons from other scouts and independents. Money and job security are at the heart of every decision that’s made - how much time to bring this guy around? What’s the cost ($)? Do we even have the people to bring this guy around? Is this guy trainable? Do we even need a guy that’s going to draw time, personnel and money? And most importantly - how efficient and cost productive are the scouts and their bosses going to viewed by business managers and owners of the organization/institution.
Yes, there’s a lot to be said for velocity and blinding speed. It’s just one of the indicators of ability and longevity in this sport/business. It’s not thee holy grail that people make it out to be.