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Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: The Tools of Ignorance

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.

Part IV in our series moves us behind the dish to the catcher position. The catcher's spot is the most unique of all the defensive positions on the field, the most vital, and the most difficult to identify.

The most important tools of a catcher, in order of rank, are fielding first, then arm, followed by hitting ability, power, and finally running speed. I come from the school of Mike Scioscia where if you can't catch and throw, control a running game, call a game, and work as an extension of your pitcher, then we will locate another position for you. There are seven other positions on the field (eight if you are in the American League), so if you are good enough to hit but you can't catch, you are destined for another place on the field.

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