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The job of the scout is to evaluate players and provide reports to decision makers on the team. A scout could be looking for amateur players for his employer (team) to draft. He could be a professional scout who is evaluating possible trade candidates or he could be an advanced scout who is watching upcoming opponents and looking to gain information to help give an edge in an upcoming series. A scout could be an area scout, a scouting supervisor, a crosschecker or even a scouting director. In addition to scouts employed by teams, there are also scouting services and web sites who do their own grading.
Though I can't pretend to know everything a scout does, I can only guess that is job is centered around getting information on a player beyond their statistics. Statistics are relative and based on strength of competition and its the scout's job to see the player in person and evaluate his biometrics, his character, his athleticism, his projection, his techniques and his body type. How he relates with his teammates. How he relates with his parents. His bloodlines. His aptitude and IQ. These are all elements that go into the evaluation of a player with probably a ton more categories. The general method of evaluation is based on tools on a 20-80 grading scale with each multiple of ten representing a projection. 50 is usually considered average. The scores are for each tool including Hitting, Power, Speed, Arm and Defense. Pitchers are graded on control and for each pitch. All players are given an overall scouting score which helps in ranking and correlates to a player's projection. For amateur players, this projected overall score is the most important.
The Baseball Cube has a Scouts section which includes all known amateur scouts who have signed a drafted or undrafted free agent. The purpose of the section is to aggregate all players signed by each scout, organized by letter (First name).
Another section on TBC is the Jobs section which can include a list of seasons for which a baseball person was a scout. Scouts can also be listed on team pages as part of the personnel. This is not a complete list of scouts and is, like many sections on TBC, a constant work-in-progress.