Neyer: Scouting Roy Oswalt

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation on May 15, 2013:

When I write about scouts, I have to be careful. A few years ago, I had the temerity to suggest there might be great scouts, okay scouts, and below-average scouts, and that it would be interesting to somehow know which were which. In response, one of your favorite baseball-writing personalities quickly sent me an e-mail message to inform me that I’m an asshole. And no, I’m not over it yet.

But yes, I have an immense amount of respect for scouts, almost more than my corporeal self can hold. I’ve got a friend who’s a scout, and I treasure the times I’m able to sit in the stands watching a game with him or any other scout.

Scouts aren’t perfect, though, any more than writers or doctors or waitresses are perfect. And it’s fair to point out their/our failings, especially if we’re just as willing to point out their skills from time to time.

With all that in mind, here’s what White Sox scout Roy Oswalt wrote about Roy Oswalt in 1997, when Oswalt was a sophomore in junior college.

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Originally published: May 15, 2013. Last Updated: May 15, 2013.