1987 scouting report notes 'solid thighs and buttocks' for 'top prospect' Ken Griffey Jr.

The rest, as they say, is history.


Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners watches after hitting the ball during the All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field in July 1998.

Brian Bahr

Safe to say, Seattle Mariners scout Steve Vrablik was right when he concluded his May 1987 scouting report on Ken Griffey Jr.: "top prospect for me with outstanding skills."

The next month, Seattle drafted "The Kid" with the first overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft. Griffey Jr. made his MLB debut on Opening Day in 1989 and developed into a perennial Gold Glove-winning powerhouse in Seattle before moving on to his hometown Cincinnati in 2000.

We're not above an occasional (read: semi-regular) fart or butt joke at The Buzzer, which is why Vrablik's note "solid thighs and buttocks" elicited a giggle. Take a look at the full, prescient report that identified a baseball icon when he was just 17 years old:

Griffey Jr.'s solid legs and bottom grounded one of the sweetest home run swings we've ever seen and served him well in center field for his numerous highlight-reel catches. 

On Wednesday evening, The Kid was named a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's class of 2016.

[Report courtesy Diamond Mines at scouts.baseballhall.org]


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