As we continue evolving and try to keep our readers at the head of the class among Tigers fans, it is our goal to provide each of you with the most detailed scouting reports on every prospect in the Tigers system. With that goal in mind, we are revamping the way we profile prospects, providing more focus on the scouting data and more in-depth detail on the projection and ultimate role for each player.
With the increased focus on scouting, it is our responsibility to educate our readers how to understand and interpret the new reports we will be providing. As a starting point, this scouting primer should be the basis for interpreting any report written as we rollout this year's rankings.
The foundation of the traditional scouting report is the scientifically based 20-80 scale. The basic tenant of the 20-80 scale is that everything is rated relative to a Major League average tool/player. The following is a basic matrix for understanding the 20-80 scale:
Rating Relative Definition
80 Elite Tool; Hall of Fame Player
70 Plus-Plus/Well Above-Average Tool; Superstar
60 Plus Tool; All-Star Player
50 Average Tool; Average Major League Player
40 Below-Average Tool; Fringe Major League Player
30 Well Below-Average Tool; Organizational Player
20 Bottom Grade Tool; Non-Prospect
While the above matrix provides a general guideline, each scouting report will contain a detailed breakdown of each tool rated against the 20-80 scale, leaving to an overall grade that will correspond to the ratings listed above. For many of the tools including defense, position player arm strength, quality of secondary pitches and command, the rating will be subjective based on the education and experience of scouts. On the contrary, some tools, including fastball velocity, speed, power and the hit tool are all graded relative to the following matrix:
Rating FB(mph) Hit Tool Power Speed (RHH/LHH)
80 97+ .300+ 35+ < 4.0/< 3.9
70 94-96 .290-.300 26-34 4.1/4.0
60 92-94 .280-.290 20-26 4.2/4.1
50 89-91 .270-.280 15-20 4.3/4.2
40 87-88 .260-.270 12-15 4.4/4.3
30 85-86 .250-.260 7-12 4.5/4.4
20 < 84 .240-.250 < 7 4.5+/4.4+
Utilizing the above scales allows for a thorough examination of a player against a set of norms that help inform the overall projection. Over the years, TigsTown has utilized these tools behind the scenes to bring you the best Tigers rankings on the Internet. This year's rankings represent the right time to allow the readers to experience the full depth of our scouting expertise and to gain a deeper understanding of how the Tigers prospects are ranked.
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