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What's up with Rick Vanden Hurk and Jeff Clement in Hawaii Winter Baseball? Which late-round 2006 draft picks got six-figure bonuses? Does the signing of Mark DeRosa block Eric Patterson with the Cubs?

Minors | #2006#Ask BA

Baseball America’s Scouting Dictionary

Alan Schwarz -Premium Content

It happens to everyone at Baseball America. A scout is describing a player's skills, breaking down a kid's tools and potential and mindset, and every 10 words or so starts speaking in a tongue so foreign — "chicken-winger" . . . "cankles". . . "snap dragon" — that you long for an English-to-scout dictionary. Laughs Dodgers scouting director Logan White, "My sister would ask me when I talked about my job, 'What the heck are you saying?' She had no idea." We know the same thing happens to you when you're reading BA. To appease the desperate cries, we hereby present the Baseball America Scouting Dictionary, the first time all important scouting terms have been brought together in one handy-dandy, clip-and-save resource.

Majors | #2006#Column