Friday, June 8, 2007

An inexact science

All professional sports drafts are inexact sciences.

But baseball's 50-round marathon makes you scratch your head sometimes.

Take Captain Shreve pitcher Austin Ross.

He's right-handed, which in the world of baseball scouting is a strike against him. That's because seemingly everyone is right-handed.

He throws an 88-92 mph fastball. That puts him a rather large group of pitchers.

He signed with LSU, which apparently meant pro scouts figured him to be headed school. Because no one drafted Ross this week. No one.

So while I realize right-handed, high school pitchers who throw 88-92 are virtually a dime and dozen, you would think his knowledge of pitching and command of his pitches would have counted for something.

I am not going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing in three years the situation will be a little different for Austin Ross.


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