Carey: Diamond Mining the 2014 Hall of Fame class

From SABR member Ross Carey at Replacement Level Podcast on May 17, 2013:

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently launched its Diamond Mines exhibit. The exhibit and its corresponding web database have scouting reports for over 4,000 players from more than 400 scouts. The scouting reports are fun to look and provide a great snapshot into the history of the game.

I thought I would take a look at what the scouts had to say about some of the notable newcomers on the 2014 Hall of Fame Ballot.


Greg Maddux – drafted in the 2nd round (31st overall) in the 1984 draft by the Chicago Cubs.

When Greg Maddux was still in A-ball with the Cubs, former major leaguer Duffy Dyer scouted him and wasn’t particularly impressed. He noted that Maddux had a “strong arm” but also “ran out of gas” and that he didn’t pitch well during the last 1/3 of the season. He also suggested that Maddux “was not strong enough to be a starter.”

In 1986 longtime White Sox scout Larry Monroe was more optimistic about Maddux saying “he’s gonna be a good one.” Monroe also praised Maddux’s control in his brief report.

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Originally published: May 17, 2013. Last Updated: May 17, 2013.