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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Scouting that didn’t stop at the stats fuels Tampa Bay Rays’ success

“They believe in scouting more than people think,” a rival front-office executive said. “They have a tremendous pro, international and amateur scouting department. It’s the only way they can do what they do.”

It’s why the running joke in some baseball circles is that if the Rays are calling about a potential trade, don’t answer the phone. The Rays do serious due diligence, looking under the surface to find players who fit their profile.

“Our scouts, you look at our roster, there’s a lot of people that maybe didn’t come through the system,” Cash said. “That’s a credit to our [research and development] department and our scouts. It’s a collaboration. The amount of communication and discussion that we have from player development to scouting to front office to coaching staff. There’s this constant conversation with ideas being kicked around and being respected from all angles.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 02:30 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: October 14, 2020 at 03:55 PM (#5983025)
Chaim Bloom often said his big influence in Tampa was Don Zimmer. No one will mix up Bobby Heck and Gerry Hunsicker for Keith Woolner, but they've been strong voices in the Rays' front office in the post-Naimoli era.
   2. salvomania Posted: October 14, 2020 at 09:50 PM (#5983077)
They seem to have scouted Randy Arozarena pretty well.

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