What do Baseball Scouts Look For?

So… What do Baseball Scouts look for?

All good baseball scouts will evaluate players in five areas:

  1. Arm Throwing Ability
  2. Hitting for Average
  3. Hitting for Power
  4. Running
  5. Fielding Ability

We will break these down in future posts for you to get an idea of what scouts consider good, average or great.  You have to keep in mind that a lot of it depends on the scout so there is no magic number they are looking for.

Intangibles that a player has can also go into the evaluation.  Here are a list of several that scouts tend to look for.

  • Team Work – Are you a good teammate?
  • Hustle
  • Work Habits
  • Your Maturity
  • Aggressiveness
  • Intelligence
  • Composure
  • Desire to play
  • Dedication
  • Respect of Coaches and the game itself
  • Instincts
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge of the game
  • Desire to help others

I’m sure the list could grow but just remember there is more to playing this game than just the 5 tools listed above.  Other things make the difference from being average or great at this game.  Focus you time and energy on the five skills above but keep in mind the other important attributes of a great player.

Check back with us often as we will continue to break down this post skill by skill to give you a better idea what baseball scouts are looking for.

Just to give you a taste of what I’m talking about:

Baseball Running Speed – 60 yard dash time

  • Acceptable Time – 7 seconds or less
  • Good Time – 6.6 to 6.8 seconds
  • Great Time – 6.2 to 6.5 seconds

Remember these are guidelines and vary by scout or organization.  I discussed this with several professional players and coaches as well as averaging some online resources to get a feel for what they consider when looking at running ability.

This is just a taste of what the blog plans to provide you in every area of baseball.  Our research will give you the knowledge to judge yourself against what it takes to play this game at the Major League level.

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