Scout as Color Commentator

I watched Barry Zito pitch against the Tigers last night because I’m still trying to decide if I should keep him or AJ Burnett for my team next year. In the games I’ve seen, Zito’s main problem has been with his command, getting beat when he misses his target. Zito pitched well, but what I enjoyed most about the game was the commentary by Shooty Babitt.

Shooty is an ex-major league second baseman and currently is a scout (I think with the Giants). As a scout, he offered a different perspective than the typical ex-player color commentatary. He talked about strengths and weaknesses of different players, how advance scouts look for patterns with pitchers, where their pitches miss when they get tired, etc. I’d enjoy hearing him call another game.