This post is part of our broader end-of-season content/awards lineup that’s being published on the site over the last few days; click here for more information on that list, and to see the other awards and posts within. In this post, we name our pick for best baseball resource of the year in 2017: Notes From The Sally a scouting site published by North Carolina-based John Calvagno, who spends his time scouting the South Atlantic League (the ‘Sally’), and beginning this year, the Appalachian League.
Calvagno is a man after our own hearts with a passion for actual, consistent in-person evaluation of baseball prospects and when you take a look through his site, you get hundreds of scouting notes and tidbits of information that are valuable to read and use in player development. He has a very good eye for talent—especially pitching—and more than a few times we’ve read his reports to get a sense of certain players before seeing them ourselves out on the scouting trail.
There are literally thousands of various baseball blogs out there in the world that scout stat lines and attempt to analyze players without seeing them at any significant level in person; that Notes From The Sally and John Calvagno has taken such a different, and significant, approach to evaluating players in person deserves our admiration and your attention. His passion for player evaluation is clear, and it’s been inspiring to watch John improve his player evaluation skills and build out a serious database of reports over the last 24 months; put plainly, if you like what we do here predominantly on the West Coast, Notes From The Sally is a good equivalent if you’re seeking information on affiliates in the Southeast.
So take a look through Notes From The Sally, and follow John on Twitter (there’s also an option to financially support the life of the site via Patreon) — if this is your introduction to them, enjoy what you’ll find from John throughout the winter and on into 2018 when he hits the road throughout the Southeast and does it all over again. Far and away, it’s the best prospect evaluation resource we ran across this year, and hopefully you’ll support John and the site as he continues to grow.