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MLB draft: The scouts' eyeball test

Sometimes, a prospect's ability to hit, pitch, run and throw has to take a backseat

Originally Published: May 29, 2013
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

As I discovered in my futile attempt to answer Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow's question about the lack of redheads in baseball, the discussion can lead down multiple side roads filled with dead ends, generational biases, old wives' tales and debates about the merits of "high-waisted" pitchers and "thin-ankled" outfielders.

Many time-worn scouting theories have been relegated to the scrap heap over the years because they're an impediment to finding talent. But they still ...

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