The irony of the Hatteberg/Votto story is that most people didn't think Hatteberg could hit in the majors, and some still don't.
"I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. Thatís the thing about bear attacks. They come when you least expect it."-Dwight K. Schrute
Without knowing who the scout is, It is very hard to give his opinion any credibility.
The scout probably said that because of Votto's horrid swing. It's painful to watch sometimes.
"The guy I think could be really good in center is Adam Dunn. If someone asked me if Dunn could be a center fielder for the next 10 years, if he started working on it, no one could explain to me why he couldnít do it." - Brad Kullman
Swings are not always pretty to watch. As long as the swing works for the player, keep it.
When can we see Votto in Cincinnati? I wince every time I see Hatteberg or Conine swing the bat.