Major league scouts use a particular scale when they evaluate potential players: The 20/80 scale.
In major league scouting, players are assigned a score between 20 and 80 on each measurable skill that pertains to their position. A rating of 50 equates to major league average, while any number above that is superior, below it less than average. That’s right, major league scouts determine the grades based on a big league scale; not your level of play. Keep that in mind if you ever catch wind of a report on you.
When a major league scout creates a report on a player, he’ll focus not on the athlete’s ability at the time of evaluation, but instead his projection of the athlete’s future potential. The numbers reflect as such. Sometimes he’ll record two numbers for each skill—for example “Pitching Velocity: 40/60.” The first score indicates the athlete’s grade at the time of evaluation, the second, his potential grade if he develops as the major league scout thinks he may. In this case, the scout has clocked the pitcher’s fastball at a velocity that’s slightly below major league average. But in his opinion, the kid will develop to the point where he’ll bring above-average big league heat.
Major league scouting isn’t an exact science, and a lot of this stuff is subjective. So if you see a report on you from a scout that’s less than favorable, don’t worry too much. It only takes one major league scout to like you!
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