MLB Scouting Reports uses the 20-80 scale. All grades are for the players current value, and does not award higher grades for prospects or future potential. Here is a breakdown of each grade that you will see used on our site:
80 – Elite level pitcher/player, among the best of the best. Perennial Cy Young/MVP Candidate. Dominant and consistent impact. Future Hall of Famer.
75 – Elite level pitcher/player. The best player on their team and a team leader. Perennial Cy Young/MVP Candidate.
70 – #1 starter, dominant closer or high end offensive performer. Frequent All-Star with the ability to challenge for Cy Young/MVP awards. One of the top players at their position.
65 – #2-3 starter, 2nd tier closer, premier setup man or strong offensive performer. Consistent All-Star contender, among the best players on their team.
60 – #3 starter, 3rd tier closer, premier reliever or above average offensive performer. Inconsistent All-Star contender, among the better players on their team. Able to maintain a starting role without question.
55 – #4 starter, bottom tier closer, strong reliever or slightly above average offensive performer. Virtually guaranteed a starting role but rarely if ever contends for All-Star appearances.
50 – #4-5 starter, 3rd-5th bullpen arm, average offensive performer. A big league average player who is guaranteed a roster spot but not a starting role. A role/platoon player.
45 – #5 starter, 5th-7th bullpen arm, a bench player. Players that struggle to keep a 25-Man roster spot for any considerable length of time. Strong minor league players.
40 – Emergency starter, swing man in the bullpen, part-time player. These players are starters in the minor leagues but rarely see much action in the big leagues.
35 – Non prospect player, who is a minor leaguer. May get a cup of coffee in the big leagues.
30 – Non prospect player, who is a career minor leaguer. Is only used to fill roster spots on minor league clubs, will not see any action in the big leagues.
25 – Non prospect player, who will not be drafted or will be released within the first years of their pro careers.
20 – Non prospect player who will not be drafted.