You're in the Majors, Charlie Brown: Scouting the "Peanuts" Baseball Team
Baseball scouting ain't what it used to be. As the world has shrunk over the last few decades, international scouting has expanded dramatically.
It's absolutely astonishing how young some foreign players begin to get courted. It's not unusual for a prospect from Latin America to sign with a Major League team as a teenager; kids often begin to get scouted before they reach adolescence.
Because of that, it's extremely surprising to me that no one has ever bothered to scout the most famous children's baseball team in American history: the one from Charles Schulz's "Peanuts."
Here's a sample of the reports I've compiled on Charlie Brown's crew.
Linus Van Pelt
Position: Second base
Scouting Report: Average hitter. Projects as a .270-.280 hitter. Not much power. Good speed. Phenomenal fielder with great range. Cannon arm. Could probably be moved to outfield without much trouble.
Other Notes: Diligent worker and caring teammate. Positive clubhouse presence.
Comparable Player: Omar Vizquel
Scouting Report: Fantastic hitter. Above-average contact hitter with great power. Great speed. Solid fielder with good range. Unremarkable arm.
Other Notes: Big ego. Prima donna. Doesn't hide his frustrations. Crowd pleaser.
Comparable Player: Roberto Alomar
Scouting Report: Average to above-average hitter. Could develop decent power. Calls a good game. Handles pitchers well. Arm is made of glass.
Other Notes: Positive clubhouse presence. Encouraging and optimistic. Quiet leader.
Comparable Player: Jason Varitek
Lucy Van Pelt
Scouting Report: Terrible contact hitter. Strikes out a ton. Solid power when properly motivated. Could probably learn some plate discipline. Terrible fielder with no range. Makes lots of errors. Poor arm.
Other Notes: Generally unfocused. Makes stupid mistakes. Clubhouse distraction.
Comparable Player: Manny Ramirez
Scouting Report: Poor hitter. Rarely makes contact. Has demonstrated some power potential. Terrible baserunner. No velocity on fastball. Great off-speed stuff. Pitches to contact. Gets lots of line drives. Gives up too many home runs. Outstanding durability.
Other Notes: Persistent. Depressingly optimistic. Could instead choose to pursue a career in NFL.
Comparable Player: Livan Hernandez