Baseball is a game of tradition. Evaluating player talent falls on the shoulders of a team’s scouting team who observes one or more games and submits a written report of their observations along with a prediction of likely future performance. These are rarely completely objective, relying instead on the scout’s perception of the player’s abilities and the scout’s experience with other players at that position. While a scout’s evaluation of a player was done by observation, it is more often a subjective, rather than objective, assessment of the player’s potential. For example, one scout who evaluated Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton wrote, “…knows how to pitch. Winner!” and “…have a good feeling about him.”

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