Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Generally speaking, if we have a large enough sample, we can make pretty good judgments on a player based on his statistics. If you never saw them play, it would be easy to look at numbers and determine that Dave Kingman had great power, John Olerud had a great eye and Jose Reyes was a great runner. But there are plenty of times when the sample isn’t big enough or the numbers cannot be judged properly and scouts are more important. Most of us have played in and/or watched thousands of baseball games and we think we know a thing or two about the game. My guess is that we could know – without numbers – that David Wright was a better hitter than Rey Ordonez just by watching them play a handful of games. But could you tell me who was a better hitter — Lee Mazzilli or Mookie Wilson? That judgment is a little harder to make, especially for those of us who do not get paid to scout players for a living. In the minors, scouting plays a huge role, especially on defense. The scout...
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