Wieczorkiewicz: Early scouting reports on Greg Maddux in the minors

From SABR member Craig Wieczorkiewicz at The Midwest League Traveler on January 9, 2014:

You may have read my post about former Peoria Chiefs pitcher Greg Maddux’s election to the Baseball Hall of Fame already — if not, click here to read it — but I have more for you to read about Mad Dog today.

First, here is my favorite thing about Maddux’s Peoria days that I found on the Internet yesterday: a scouting report by Duffy Dyer* in 1985, the season when Maddux went 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 186 IP for the Chiefs. (Source: Dugout Legends)

The scouting report says this about Maddux: “Small: Good arm: Ran out of gas: Did not pitch good last 1/3 of season.”

Want to read more early scouting reports on Maddux? Check out this one and this one from his high school days. (Source: Sports Illustrated) A quote from one of them:

“I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.”

Clearly that scout saw Maddux’s potential, but again, the future Hall-of-Famer’s small frame was believed to be a hindrance.

Read the full article here: http://mwltraveler.com/2014/01/09/a-look-at-early-scouting-reports-on-greg-maddux/

Originally published: January 9, 2014. Last Updated: January 9, 2014.