Applying Statistics to Scouting
I’ve always thought it would be interesting to apply statistics to the traditional 20-80 scouting scale. Scouting evaluates a player’s skills both for the present and the future. While statistics cannot project into the future as well as traditional scouting can, it can give just as good, if not a better, overall evaluation of a player’s contributions on the field.
The Scouting Scale (courtesy of Baseball America):
50: Major League Average
Contact: Contact %
On-Base and Plate Discipline: O-Swing %, BB%, P/PA
Power: ISO, 2B/PA, HR/PA
Players are not evaluated on just a single season; they are being evaluated on a weighted 3-year average to identify their “true talent” level.