#Hot Corner

Scouting Derek Jeter

USA TODAY Sports

A scouting report on a 17-year-old Derek Jeter:

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It seems to me the scout absolutely nailed the big picture stuff (e.g. "THIS GUY IS SPECIAL ... ALL-STAR POT[ENTIAL] AS SS AT ML LEVEL.") but was wrong about the details. Jeter's weakest tool is his arm, which the scout rated as his best. From The Fielding Bible Volume II:

Then there is the signature Jeter play, when he fields a backhander in the hole and makes his patented jump-throw. Jeter still excels at this play, but it disguises the fact that he does it because he lacks the arm strength to plant his feet and throw. His arm also causes him to play more shallow than other shortstops, cutting down on his range.

If Jeter's range has been limited by his arm, rather than his foot speed or reactions or anything else, one wonders if the Yankees erred in not making him a second baseman.

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