From the Field to the Front Office
“Be careful what you tell Roland. If you tell him you like a player, you’ll have him in the morning.”
Running speed and a strong arm are two requisites that scouts look for in position players, and then possessing a strong arm can lead to finding possible pitchers, as well. Those are tangible tools, but they are also looking for the intangibles.
I would hear scouts say, “You can tell the player as he walks off the bus.” If he’s ready to go, got a bat or glove in his hand, he’s ready to get on the field and is anxious to utilize the physical tools to play the game. He may be the first one on the field, the one who plays the hardest, and stays after if necessary to take ground balls. He shows his enthusiasm and love for the game. So, you are judging character, as well as makeup, along with the physical tools.