Baseball scouts don't deal in certainties. They deal in observations and educated guesses. Occasionally, they're going to be wrong. It comes with the job.
Curious what it sounds like when a scout gets something wrong?
So was I, and that's what led me to spend my weekend digging around on Diamond Mines—the mega-awesome new website that features tons of old scouting reports—for scouting reports that totally missed the mark. I ultimately dug up 10 worth sharing.
Before we go take a look at these 10 dead-wrong scouting reports, there are a couple things that must be noted.
As awesome as Diamond Mines is, it's not perfect. There are a lot of scouting reports that are either missing or haven't been added yet. Likewise, there are a lot of scouting reports that don't feature the kind of comments that we're about to discuss.
Most notably, I found it hard to come up with telling scouting reports for notable draft busts from years past. So the following discussion is going to be focused on players who panned out not to be busts, but to be way better than expected.
Let's take it away.
Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.