From the Scout's Seat

Spring Training Blog 2019

The Backfields (Mesa, Arizona)

March 11, 2019

Things were a little different today. After spending Sunday spinning vinyl records in Old Town Scottsdale at this hip place called Scapegoat – I needed to provide some evaluation/insight for an agent friend looking at a potential client on the minor league side of things at the Oakland Athletics complex in Mesa. (I also wasn’t […]

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Oakland Athletics vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Mesa, Arizona)

March 9, 2019

When you go to games every single day (last year I did over 150 games total), sometimes you lose track of the day of the week. Today, I forgot it was Saturday, which means increased attendance and longer lines getting into the ballpark. While in standstill traffic trying to enter the ballpark I can hear […]

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Oakland Athletics vs. San Diego Padres (Mesa, Arizona)

March 8, 2019

Due to the good graces of some scouting friends I am happily staying in Mesa for another Spring Training game today. I have a particular interest in the Padres (and I am not talking about Manny Machado here) because I have been scouting their system continuously since 2015 while working for the Orioles AND because […]

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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies (Mesa, AZ)

March 7, 2019

I’m back at the Cubs complex today and got my parking situation figured out without any issues. The issue today was that my seat was way off to the right side behind home-plate, not a good angle for the radar gun, for video, or for evaluating pitch movement, so I did the oldest scouting trick […]

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Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals

March 6, 2019

I decided to venture up the road from the A’s Spring Training Complex today in Mesa and check-out the Cubs vs. Royals. WOW. Normally, as a Scout there’s certain designated parking. I pulled into the first lot at the Cubs Spring Training Complex, that looked like a scout/personnel lot, only to be told to go […]

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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers (Mesa, AZ)

March 5, 2019

And we are back in Mesa! Really excited because my favorite pitching prospect from last year, lefty Jesus Luzardo is on the mound today for Oakland. As a Scout, it’s really important to check your bias at the door. One of my mantras is that you should really walk into the ballpark with zero preconceived […]

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Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Glendale AZ)

March 4, 2019

The second week of our Spring Training Coverage begins and we renamed this “Blog” – “From The Scout’s Seat” (subject to change but we’ll roll with this for now). Traveled across the valley for one of the longest drives you have for Spring Training in Arizona – approximately 35 minutes on the way in at […]

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Oakland vs. Cleveland (Mesa AZ)

March 2, 2019

Day 2 of Baseball Spy’s Spring Training coverage and thanks to everyone who checked out and signed-up yesterday! A little rain sprinkled the stunned scouting section expecting Arizona sun and 75 as the forecast called for. Cleveland traveled over from Goodyear with mostly non-roster invites, a minor league roster and some 25-man roster guys needing […]

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Oakland vs. Colorado (Mesa, AZ)

March 1, 2019

Baseball Spy’s first game of 2019! And we are officially launched at 1:00 PM MT, 5 minutes before first pitch! Aaron Brooks (RHP) started for Oakland and threw what seemed like over 50% Change-ups. I’ve got it graded as a Major League average offering. He didn’t feature many breaking pitches, and the ones he did […]

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