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Behind the Backstop: 13 Factors, Part I

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 the most recent article in the Scouting 101 series, I talked about the differences in what scouts look for in where they draft pitchers. I identified a few factors that separate a first round pitcher versus a supplemental or even second rounder. In the final articles, I will dive into more details about scouting pitchers. This will cap off a nice run in the series.

In general, there are about 13 aspects to really bear down on when scouting a pitcher. They are listed, in no particular order, as follows. Physicality, durability, delivery, deception, arm action, velocity, movement, command, control, breaking ball, change up, intelligence, and what I like to call "cajones."


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