Berardino writes a great article on what the scouts need to look at.
Body type, personality makeup and devotion to a deeply unforgiving sport are among the traits that must be analyzed and assessed, initially by area scouts who can have responsibility for up to a handful of states, then by regional supervisors and national crosscheckers, and finally by scouting directors, general managers and, in rare cases, team owners.
These things are often ridiculed, but they absolutely matter.
There is a lot in the article about Kirby Puckett:
"There's a bunch of scouts that did not have Puckett on their draft list," Ryan says, "and I mean a bunch."According to Earl Brown's 1982 scouting report released by the Hall of Fame as part of its Diamond Mines exhibit, Puckett had no better than an "outside chance" of reaching the majors.
"And that was generous," Ryan says.