Dirk Hayhurst has a great story today about what led up to him getting drafted by the Padres in 2003. A lot of it was about his command, velocity and track record of success as a college pitcher. Some of it, though, was flat-out lying.
How so? Gotta read the story to find out specifically. But the takeaway from it all is that scouts are not all-seeing, 100% objective and rational operators taking in all the baseball information that is there to be seen. They too have politics, agendas, priorities and very real human limitations. And while that often leads to the top prospects being scouted to the nth degree, it leads a lot of lower-level prospects being only casually observed. And, if the lower level prospects plays it just right, it could give them an opportunity.
Two great reads before 9AM this morning. Look at you go, Monday.
Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.
Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.
“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”
Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.
Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.
“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.
Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.