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A Professional Scouting Report
2004-10-04 15:08
by Jon Weisman

The oft-criticized ESPN Insider does get it right once in a while. If you have access to the pay-for-play part of ESPN.com, this piece is worth your time. Skip the boiler-plate intro and go straight into the most detailed scouting report on the 2004 Dodgers you've probably seen.

Not only is it mostly on the mark with the things you know about - and isn't it a relief when neutral observers actually get it right - it also offers tidbits about the Dodgers that may have escaped you, no matter how closely you've watched the team.

Sample:

Jeff Weaver: Fastball, slider, cutter, change. ... Great moving fastball with late sinking action. ... When he pitches in low 90s, gets great movement on his fastball and can have quick innings. When he reaches back for more fastball, sinker straightens out. ... Left-handed hitters have always given him problems since his fastball works down to the outside, and they have a good look at him with his delivery. Would be more effective if he could get the cutter and slider to the inside corner against them. The change up could also help keep the LHers off his fastball. ... Quick to the plate with runners on; does a decent job of controlling the running game. ... Never intimidated on the mound and will pitch in aggressively.

Update: Here's the Cardinal scouting report.

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