By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
June 15, 2012
Corey Seager went better in the draft than I liked him in my one look. You get these one looks, if you’re me, and you’re trying to write something that stands the test of time. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from doing that All-American Showcase thing down at Pet Food Park, it’s that the event doesn’t lend itself to the players really caring about how hard they play. I am not saying this guy was in that group, so I don’t want any nasty emails. But here’s a guy who should have looked better and did not and it raises the question.
I mean, the players show up, they basically get fawned over like they are the beauty pageant darlings, and some guys really buy into this and sort of country club their way through the thing. So where does that leave me as a scout? Well, if a guy with talent kind of goes through the motions, then I’ll be honest and say he looks like he’s having the worst day of his life, even if he’s a better ballplayer than that. All I know is that I am not much for the fawning mentality we see at big showcase events like this — we are celebrating players who haven’t proven anything and impressing upon them the misguided notion that they are more advanced and developed players than they really are at that stage.
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I didn’t like this look and I never saw him again. I hesitate to throw him under the bus for all time, because I know how the Dodgers scout and I have some faith in the way their department works and operates. So I am certain that they had better looks at this guy than I did. That said, my notes from that Sunday read “burly and stiff,” with the bat. I felt he was a very good infielder — good hands, good feet, playable arm. I know you’d dream third base on this guy. But on this day, I didn’t like the bat. So I’m kind of in a bind here, aren’t I? I’m not going to have an opinion on a guy I haven’t seen good, but I’m also not going to discount what I thought I saw in August just because he went in the first round. Conclusion: Lemme see him again. If he looks the same, I’m burying him for good.