Well, maybe in 1.04, but in my 1.03 games that is definitely not the case. I have maxxed out fields with found ships before, not always sure, but it happens. Not "pitiful" at all. Just jumping a couple iterations of some component at once is a "big thing" in the early game.
It is pitiful at 1.03 as well... Now, if you find several dozen ships at once that is a whole different manner. mmm, it might also depend on research speed (I am playing on lowesT).
But a ship with 10 shields 7, 10 engines 4, 2 vectoring engine 4, 3 reactors 5, etc... will only give you one boost to one random tech. which is both pitiful AND trivial compared to actually keeping the ship and using it...
A neigh invincible ship that will single handedly kill any pirate base, any enemy starbase, any enemy fleet it comes across? or a small boost to your tech that might let you unlock an extra tech... which will not make your current ships even close to as powerful as the ship you scrapped...
of course, it very much depends on the ships you find (smaller ships? scrap them), and it very much depends on how far you are behind (its better to keep a ship until you are almost at the tech level it posses and thenscrap it).
I do not have a superman complex; for I am God, not Superman.