Ken Griffey, Jr. Pre-Draft Scouting Reports

163494940OG000Ken Griffey, Jr.’s recent induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame (next up, the Reds Hall of Fame and then most certainly Cooperstown) gave us the opportunity to reflect on one of the finest professional baseball careers of our generation. During his prime, “The Kid” was the most natural and prolific outfielder in the league. He won Gold Gloves, Home Run Derbies and captivated the nation with a golden smile.

After the rash of injuries that plagued his later years in Cincinnati, it’s often too easy to forget just how great a player Griffey was. Even in high school, his talent and potential was obvious, and he is one of the few players who truly lived up to his early billing.

Speaking of which, several sites have shared a couple of those early scouting reports, and I wanted to post them here in case you missed them.

My favorite observation: “Solid thighs and buttocks.” I wonder how much that tidbit factored into Junior being selected first overall by the Seattle Mariners in 1987…


About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

5 thoughts on “Ken Griffey, Jr. Pre-Draft Scouting Reports

  1. My favorite player of all time. So much talent, so smooth, made the game look so easy. And on top of that, was the name title of two GREAT Nintendo baseball games! Call, call, call me Junior…

  2. In an era where all the great players have been linked to steroids, he remained clean (we hope). Doesn’t get enough credit for how great he was.

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