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SCOUTING PHILOSOPY & GRADING
At Baseball Spy we seek to provide traditional scouting grades, streamlined and simplified.
Our premium content (free after sign-up) will provide a collection of evaluations on professional, international, and amateur players graded on the Major League scale by REAL MLB evaluators.
The overall grade is derived from the collective measurable tool grades (see below), along with mechanics, athleticism, body-type, and baseball movements - and the unmeasurable tool grades such as the players makeup (baseball acumen, intelligence, desire, creativity, etc.). Taken together, and within the context of their position, we give a future role grade based on the historic "2 to 8" grading scale, that does not use half grades:
8 - Hall of Famer / One of the best players in baseball
7 - Elite Performer / Top 2-5 players at position
6 - Above Average Major Leaguer / All-Star Caliber
5 - Solid, Major League Average / Starter on any Major League team
4 - Slightly Below Average Major Leaguer / Part-time or Platoon position player / Not a starter on a playoff caliber club
3 - Bench Player / Role Player
2 - Fringe Major Leaguer / Up and Down Value / 4A (just a notch better than 3A but not a player who can stay on a big league roster throughout the year)
Our tool grades measure a players' skills through a subjective scouting analysis. For position players those tools are hitting, power, running, fielding, and throwing. For pitchers the tools correspond to the overall value of each pitch they throw - which include the quality of movement, the velocity, the appearance of the pitch to the hitter, the result it produces at the plate, and separately how the pitcher commands each pitch. The tools are graded on the 2-8 scale as well with the following terminology applied for each corresponding numeric value on the Major League scale:
8 - Best in baseball
7 - Elite
6 - Above Average
5 - Average
4 - Fringe-Average
3 - Below Average but usable
2 - Not usable at Major League Level
While many publications and websites are incorporating and utilizing advanced metrics and technology to surmise a players tools and overall value, here at Baseball Spy, we do not discount that method, but we do purposely leave out the statistical analysis. At Baseball Spy, we only seek to provide a subjective scouting analysis that Major League Baseball Scouts, Evaluators, Coaches, and Executives have used for drafting and acquiring talent for generations. Our analysis is based on what we see on the field and what we predict that player to be based on our experience, knowledge and insight of how baseball is played and what is necessary to win at the Major League level. You won't be able to find this information and depth of analysis anywhere else outside of Major League Baseball scouting departments.