Quote Originally Posted by princeton
years of past experiences goes into scouting, relating successes and failures seen in the past to aspects of new players.
Yeah and those years can be acquired well before you hit the age of 18. Watch baseball. Pay attention. Big deal.

Quote Originally Posted by princeton
I figured out Bill James in about half an hour.
And I figured out Felipe Lopez was at least two years away after watching him in AAA in 2002.

I'm not claiming any of this stuff is hard. Yet there's huge numbers of folks who seem wholly unable to do it. That's probably why scouts don't get paid much.