That Bo Jackson scouting report from earlier today, I am informed by Larry Granillo, is from the Baseball Scouts Database at the Hall of Fame website. Which is really cool. It has a searchable database for scouting reports on any number of players. I just randomly looked up Randy Johnson’s first archived scouting report from 1985, when he was in instructional league:
“I can’t believe they haven’t ironed him out mechanically. Herky-jerky, stiff front leg and therefore erratic … he has above average velocity but nothing else …”
Well, he did look raw early. That I’ll grant.
Lenny Dykstra? “Excellent makeup.”
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.