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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Scout Doug Gassaway remembered for keen eye | MLB.com

Another great scout passes.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, scouts

Friday, March 31, 2017

Baseball’s next Moneyball concept: Turning internet writers into prospect scouts

That Victor Wang was a hardcore baseball fan as a 16-year-old sounds like standard teenage fare. Except, unlike the normal teen, he was profiled in the New York Times due to his predilection for baseball—specifically, his skills for examining and writing about the sport with an analytical bent. Wang peaked as a writer later on, producing his seminal works (studies concerning draft pick and prospect valuations) before he had finished his freshman year at Northwestern University. Both articles are widely referenced to this day, almost a decade since their publication in the Hardball Times.
The interim period has seen Wang graduate from Northwestern. However, it has not seen him author many new articles (his most recent byline at THT came in June 2009). His disappearance from the public eye can be traced to his acceptance into baseball. Wang was named the Cleveland Indians’ director of professional scouting in December, nearly four years after he was tapped as the assistant director, and some seven-plus years after he accepted his first internship with the organization.

Meatwad Posted: March 31, 2017 at 03:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts, the hardball times

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MLB scouts provide insight and analysis on all 30 teams

Some gems:

Matt Kemp’s getting out of the Hollywood scene and coming to Atlanta, where he can just focus on baseball, is a great thing for him. He’ll never get back to MVP caliber, but he still has one or two All-Star seasons in him…..Jonathan Schoop is a great defender with great range and a great arm. He’ll be a perennial All-Star…..I heard a lot about Jason Heyward’s adjusted approach this spring, lowering his hands, but I haven’t seen any results yet….. After Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber might be the first guy I’d pick if I were putting together a team…..George Springer is an enigma. The talent is off the charts, but he’s also a 180-strikeout guy. If he cuts down on them, he’s Mike Cameron—a nice power-speed combination…. Eric Hosmer is MVP caliber, a Triple Crown candidate. Last year, with all the club’s injuries, he was trying to carry them, hit three home runs with one swing. His average could jump 65 points…..They gave Eric Thames $16 million to come back from Korea, where he had some historic seasons. But Korea’s not the big leagues. I see a guy who is fooled by off-speed stuff and gets beat inside by a plus fastball….Jacoby Ellsbury has really regressed, and with his injury history, Aaron Hicks could replace him..Brandon Belt is going to have to step up his game. This is a guy they gave $79 million based on what they expected him to do in the future—well, the future is now.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2017 at 12:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts

Friday, March 17, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-17-2017

Former Browns scout Charley Barrett on the time he tried and failed to sign an amateur pitcher named Grover Alexander, quoted in the Bridgeport Evening Farmer, March 17, 1917:

“I stopped over in Beardstown to change trains and went to a hotel. Carrie Nation then was making a lecturing tour. She was at the hotel, but was to leave on another train. I set down my grip in the lobby, so did Carrie. She paid her bill, and making a great clatter grabbed a grip and hustled to the depot.
...
I got to the station and had occasion to open my grip. It was full of an old lady’s nightcaps, prohibition literature and certain other things I don’t know about, not being a married man. It was not my grip, though it was exactly like mine, except for the contents…[Nation sent my suitcase] back on the next train, with her blessing. But I had to wait. I missed my train.
...
The day I was to be in Galesburg Grover Alexander was hit in the head with a pitched ball and badly hurt. It looked like he was done for. I got there in time to learn that he even might die…I called off the deal that practically was closed and returned to St. Louis.

It took a Nation of one to hold the Browns back.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, grover cleveland alexander, history, scouts

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Top 10 Future Scouting Directors

No Baseball America feature is complete without a Top 10 Prospects list, so while gathering information about the job of scouting director, we also asked people where the next generation of scouting directors might come from. This ranking is not a formal poll, but does reflect the opinions of the more than 25 current scouting directors and other front-office executives.

1. Danny Montgomery

Assistant Scouting Director, Rockies

Montgomery, 47, has been with the Rockies since the birth of the franchise, rising from area scout to his current position. Scouting director Bill Schmidt said he leans on Montgomery in a variety of ways.

“I’ve been with Danny going on 13 years and I lean on Danny,” Schmidt said. “He has a big input on what goes on here and that’s what people don’t see, is Danny’s involved in all areas. He’s been involved in Latin America, going down there and helping us get that program off the ground 12 years ago and teaching Rolando Fernandez how to scout. He does pro stuff in the summer, he’s been to Asia for the Olympics and to scout and run clinics for us. Danny’s kind of been all over the world for us.”

Montgomery played at UNC Charlotte and was drafted as a second baseman in the 14th round of the 1986 draft. He spent three seasons in the Dodgers system before being hired as a scout in 1989. He covered North Carolina and South Carolina for the Dodgers before joining the Rockies in 1992. He became a regional crosschecker in 1999, was promoted to national crosschecker in 2003 and to assistant scouting director in 2006.

“Danny, first and foremost, is a quality person,” Schmidt said. “He’s a good evaluator and Danny’s had opportunities in the past . . . He’s just wanted to stay here; this has been his home. But he’s a very good scout and has all the qualities you would look for in a scouting director.”

Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft/top-10-future-scouting-directors-13470/#oP9WoXJd0XvVcdsq.99

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: January 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, scouts

Monday, January 09, 2017

Q&A: Former scout Johnson on discovering Pudge

MLB.com: How did you come across Rodriguez?
Johnson: We were going down to the Latin countries. Melvin Nieves was the hot prospect in Puerto Rico, so we were going to work him out and then to go the Virgin Islands to see Midre Cummings, who was another hot item. Our Latin scout, Luis Rosa, had 11 or 13 guys at the workout in Puerto Rico. After awhile, I’m in the dugout, talking with Nieves, and [scout] Doug Gassaway comes running in from the outfield, yelling, ‘That little guy just threw 93 miles an hour to second base.’ He’s talking about Pudge. Why he was out there clocking catchers throwing to second base, I got no idea, but he was. That was Gasser. He was ahead of the game. I’m sure everybody is doing that now. They time everything. So we had Pudge hit and run the bases.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ivan rodriguez, scouts

 

 

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