Greg Maddux was one of the best pitchers of his generation, but an early scouting report suggested that he wasn't going to amount to much.
New York Mets scout Duffy Dyer filled out a scouting report on Maddux in 1985, when he was playing at Single-A Peoria, via Joe Student of Busted Coverage:
At the bottom, this is what Dyer wrote about Maddux:
- Not strong enough to be a starter
- Good arm
- Ran out of gas
- Did not pitch good last 1/3 of season
Maddux went 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.226 WHIP and six complete games in Single-A that season.
In 1986, Maddux debuted in the majors with the Chicago Cubs and went 8-18 with an earned run average above 5.50 in his first two seasons. After that, he ran off 17 straight seasons with at least 14 wins.
The right-hander finished his career with a 355-227 record, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. He was an eight-time All-Star, a four-time National League Cy Young Award winner and an 18-time Gold Glove winner.
Maddux pitched for four teams during his 23-year career and retired in 2008. He is now on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2014 and most likely will wind up in Cooperstown on the first ballot. Not bad for a guy who wasn't "strong enough to be a starter."