Archive for Video Scouting

Dear Cubs Public Relations

Dear Cubs Public Relations,

I have your next seventh-inning stretch singer here. All he requires for his appearance is three tickets to Chicago from California, a sippy cup of milk, and a hot dog (perhaps an adult soda for his handler). He might not start out perfectly, but hey, it’s not like Ozzy Osbourne knew any the lyrics to Take Me Out. And anyway, it’s all about the finish. This candidate finishes with gusto.

If you’d like to book this act, please contact our agent, Banknotes Harper, at the cc’ed address.

Thank you for your attention,

Eno Sarris

CAPTION CONTEST: Sportsman Behaving Strangely in Australia

Readers! It’s time for you to provide the creative spark where I cannot. That’s right: a caption contest—aka shameless wit-farming. Your job is to provide humorous captions for this  Vine video published on MLB’s official Vine profile. Feel free to submit a caption or simply +1 the ones you like. The winner will be lauded for millennia, tattooed on the hearts of billions, and, most importantly, mentioned in the next post I publish.

The Video:


Scouting Tracy McGrady from a 2003 Promotional Video

Reports from the weekend suggest that recently retired NBA player Tracy McGrady has no little interest in playing professional baseball — and is likely to do so this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

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NotGraphs Video Scouting: Marcus Semien, IF, Chicago AL

White Sox infield prospect Marcus Semien has been one of the minor leagues’ most impressive hitters in July, recording walk and strikeout rates of 23.1% and 9.4%, respectively, and seven home runs in 117 plate appearances while also slashing .356/.504/.700 (.347 BABIP) and stealing five bases on six attempts — all as a 22-year-old in Double-A.

The video embedded here features footage of Semien from a recent Southern League game paired with audio from comedian John Mulaney’s most recent special, New in Town. It should be noted that this particular game is unusual in that it’s one of the few of late in which Semien has failed to homer — as he did, it appears, tonight (Tuesday).

NotGraphs Video Scouting: Hunter Dozier, IF, Kansas City

Kansas City’s Hunter Dozier is a rare sort of prospect. He’s both physically impressive and athletic — and appears, at least from a small professional sample, to have something in the way both of power and contact skills. At the same time, however, he attended a school (Stephen F. Austin State) not particularly well-known for baseball in a conference (the Southland) not particularly well-known for baseball.

All considered, there was decided uncertainty about where Dozier would be selected in the most recent draft. About 29th, was Baseball America’s best guess entering the draft. Definitely eighth, was the actual result — which is to say, 21 spots higher.

Until late, there’s been little extant video of Dozier. To amend that, in part, the author has produced the piece embedded above, which features footage of Dozier from a recent Pioneer League game paired, for unknown reasons, with the theme song to 1978 film The Deer Hunter.

NotGraphs Video Scouting: Nick Kingham, RHP, Pittsburgh

NotGraphs Video Scouting: Robbie Ray, LHP, Washington

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NotGraphs Video Scouting: Rafael Montero, RHP, New York NL

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NotGraphs Video Scouting: Brian Flynn, LHP, Miami

NotGraphs Video Scouting: Mike O’Neill, OF, St. Louis