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Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Five Tools Continued

Tory Hernandez

Tory Hernandez

Tory's experience in the baseball industry includes a four-year stint as the Manager of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where his responsibilities were comprised of contract negotiation, advance scouting, and the development and implementation of the organization's statistical research methods and use of analytics. Most recently, Tory served as the Director of Pro Scouting & Recruiting for Boras Corporation.

In Part II, we discussed three of the five tools in speed, arm, and fielding. In Part III of our series, we will conclude the discussion on the five tools with hitting. Hitting encompasses two tools – the first is just flat out hitting ability, and the second is hitting for power. Identifying a good hitter is the toughest task a scout has in projecting a player’s ability. You can't understand a hitter's prowess in one sitting, and it takes multiple at-bats in a myriad of situations to fully harness one's talent.

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