How Scouting For Pro Baseball Players Is Like Scouting For Top Business Execs

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imageBrian Grey is an executive in residence at Polaris Ventures. Prior to Polaris, he was an SVP/GM of Fox Sports Interactive, which included overseeing the strategic direction and operations of, FOXSports Mobile, and His personal blog can be found here.

Here we are in late May, which means that the Major League Baseball player draft is just a couple weeks away. Many years ago, I spent a couple of springs running around the Bay Area scouting college and high-school baseball players for the Chicago White Sox. What I came to learn pretty quickly about scouting was the mix of art and science that went into the task.

The science part was pretty straight-forward: A radar gun could measure a pitcher


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