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Behind the Backstop: Scouting 101: Pitchers

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.

Last time in my Scouting 101 series, I left off discussing catchers and the tools of ignorance. Let's turn the page and finish off the battery by dissecting the art of scouting pitchers.

In earlier articles, I've talked about evaluating how a pitcher's arm operates, and projecting on his body type. First though, let's get through the obvious components in scouting pitchers with the almighty radar gun readings. No matter what a scout tells you, we all care about that one number. Sure, a myriad of other factors are involved in evaluating a pitcher. However, we don't all sit behind home plate holding a radar gun for an hour because it's not important. When grading a young, high school age pitcher for instance, it's probably the most important element in determining how much we like a guy. A 17 or 18-year-old throwing 92+ mph consistently is going to be a lot more liked than one throwing 87-89. Even if the kid throwing 87-89 has other parts to his game that are more enticing. Th

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