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  1. Ask Smyly about his off-season of CrossFit training.

    Comment by John — January 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  2. “I see him his upside as a number-five starter.”

    An actual MLB scout said that? I almost never hear that term used.

    Comment by Bill — January 30, 2012 @ 11:51 am

  3. Assuming it’s pronounced like “Smiley” can we get his named changed to either George or Guy?

    Comment by Yinka Double Dare — January 30, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

  4. This kid struck out over a batter per inning, seemingly keeps the ball on the ground often (based on his tiny HR rate last yr), doesn’t walk many, has solid enough velocity especially for a lefty, and the scout says his ceiling is a number 5? Did I miss something?

    Comment by eckmuhl — January 30, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  5. Scouts really can’t project with any accuracy where a player will end up. Just take an “upside” analysis with a grain of salt.

    Comment by NHLrick — January 30, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  6. “Scouts really can’t project with any accuracy where a player will end up.” Huh? That is the essence of their job, man.

    Comment by eckmuhl — January 30, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  7. Are there any pitchers left in professional baseball that don’t throw a cutter?

    Comment by nolan — January 31, 2012 @ 3:08 am

  8. and as always, great interview!

    Comment by nolan — January 31, 2012 @ 3:08 am

  9. I’ve heard a lot of scouts, project a lot of prospects, to be a lot of different things. They are wrong more often than they are right. My point is not to put too much stock into what some unnamed scout thinks.

    Comment by NHLrick — January 31, 2012 @ 3:51 am

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