The Scout Comp All-Stars

Picking out four players who generated the most comps




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Scanning every Prospect Handbook yielded nearly 1,000 different comparisons made over the years. Several players were used as comparisons more frequently than others. Here are four of those players, along with why they're frequently used as comparisons and why those comparisons rarely pan out. . .

Mike Cameron
The Profile: Power-speed center fielders who strike out a lot, keeping them from being five-tool superstars. Cameron Maybin, Adam Jones, George Springer, Alan Moye, Justin Maxwell, and Nationals prospect Michael Taylor have been compared to Cameron.

What Gets Overlooked: Cameron's strikeouts currently rank eighth all-time, but everything else he does makes up for it. The only players with as many career home runs, stolen bases and walks as Cameron: Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Craig Biggio, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu.


Pedro Martinez
The Profile: Undersized, Latin American fireballers like Edison Volquez, Julio Teheran, Carlos Morla, Juan Cruz, Jhan Marinez, Enemencio Pacheco, Felix Diaz, Jovanny Cedeno and Yordano Ventura have all been compared to the future Hall of Famer.

What Gets Overlooked: A combination of things get overlooked when placing a Pedro Martinez comparison on a pitcher. For one, Pedro was relatively durable for his size. Also, during Pedro's peak, his stuff wasn't just very good, it was the best in the game. His intelligence also set him apart.


Tom Glavine
The Profile: Pitchability lefties—guys who get by with sink, command, good changeups, deception and intelligence  over pure stuff. Pitchers who have been compared to Glavine include Matt Harrison, Jimmy Gobble, Chris George, Bud Smith, Aaron Thompson and Clayton Andrews.

What Gets Overlooked: Even more than Pedro, Glavine was incredibly durable and consistent. Between 1988-2007, Glavine averaged 214 innings a season, and that's including two strike-shortened years. That level of durability is impossible to project.


Omar Vizquel
The Profile: In an era dominated by offensive shortstops, Vizquel stood out as a throwback—a small, light-hitting, switch-hitter whose best tool was his defense. The Vizquel comparision has been placed upon Cesar Izturis, Kaz Matsui, Eduardo Escobar, Miguel Rojas, Freddy Galvis and Francisco Lindor.

What Gets Overlooked: Vizquel's eye and patience at the plate. Even in the minors, he drew a lot of walks for a guy with such little power. Through his big league career so far, Vizquel has just 49 more strikeouts than walks (1021 walks to 1070 strikeouts).