Scouting is more art than science. That much, we know. If it weren’t, there’d be a whole lot more agreement on a whole lot more players, right?
And to even take it a step further, two scouts could very easily see the exact same thing, yet draw two completely different conclusions.
It is with that preamble that I share with you the following dissent from scouting community regarding both 1) the degree of swing changes Cubs’ right fielder Jason Heyward has made this winter and 2) the expected success of those changes.
I know, not exactly what you wanted to hear.
At ESPN Chicago, Jesse Rogers tackles the ongoing Heyward 2.0 project, discussing the apparent offseason swing changes with various scouts. And, as I said, not everyone seems to think his efforts are ready to bear fruit.
“He has an arm bar [straight arm] and he’s late,” one NL scout said to Rogers. “When you’re late, everything breaks down.”
Another added that it’s not a finished product, yet another suggested it can still be long and late at times, and so on, and so on. All in all, six scouts (out of seven) suggested that it doesn’t look different enough from last season. So, yikes. What’s the deal?
Well first of all, not everyone agrees that his swing looks the same. Joe Maddon, for one, adamantly …
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