Int’l scouting Dir. from club “heavily involved” with Alexander Guerrero:”We had six scouts follow him and no one saw him as a regular.”
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) October 22, 2013
You may also remember…
Huge disparity of opinion around the game on LAD’s $42m signing of Yasiel Puig. One team told me they pegged him as a $500,000 player.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 29, 2012
Cubs have seemed most interested in Ryu. Some other teams active in Asia weren’t sure whether he’d be a starter or reliever.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) November 10, 2012
— Clint Hulsey (@clinthulsey) November 3, 2012
The point here is not to disparage any of these reporters, most of whom I have great respect for, because they are largely passing along quotes they’d heard from within the game — and that is the point. With most of these international players, particularly the ones from locked-off Cuba, there’s going to be a wide variety of opinions within the game. As you can see above, there were plenty of people who didn’t like Puig or Ryu either, and they worked out pretty well.
Alexander Guerrero might in fact be a complete bust. We just have no idea. I could say “remember Yunesky Maya, but, of course you don’t remember Yunesky Maya, because he was useless. Just keep that in mind this winter, when you hear these reports about Guerrero, that we’re not really going to have any idea what he is until he hits the field.