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Orioles shake up scouting staff

Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:20 pm
 
The Orioles have completely overhauled their scouting department, drastically cutting their pro coverage and saying that they will rely instead on statistics and video to evaluate professional players.

Six of the team's eight pro scouts were told Thursday that they will now be primarily responsible for amateur coverage, in moves that were seen as demotions. Each of the six was given an area to scout, and was told that they will not be involved in any professional coverage until after the June draft.

In addition, the scouts were told that the Orioles no longer will have separate pro and amateur scouting departments, but that new scouting director Gary Rajsich will be responsible for running all scouting.

"It's basically going back to the scouting system teams used in the 80's and early 90's," said one person who was told about the plan.

The six scouts who were demoted were Ted Lekas, Todd Frohwirth, Jim Howard, Lee MacPhail IV and Jim Thrift.

Rajsich made the calls Thursday, but the moves were instigated by new general manager Dan Duquette.

The shakeup was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com.


Category: MLB
Tags: Orioles
 
Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Orioles shake up scouting staff

Its a shame they dont follow Toronto's example. A few years ago the Jays had one of the worst minor league systems in baseball, a direct result of poor scouting. Since Rogers bought the Jays, and AA has stepped in, we now have arguably the best scouting and minor league system in the league. Toronto spends the most money in the league on scouting and it has paid off. Scouting is something that can be expensive if you go all out like Toronto, but when it produces tons of hot prospects, it pays for its self. 

I think Minor league scouting is the most important part of scouting, thats the part where you need to send scouts all around the world to discover the next big thing. pro scouting is important, but most of the time you do know what you are getting.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Orioles shake up scouting staff

This is a positive move. Do as you've always done and get what you always got. The Orioles need to do something different after being losers for so many years. If they are going to put more emphasis on the minors leagues and scouting this is how to do it without increasing cost. With today's stats and video of everything you really don't need a live scout at so many pro games to get the information you need.



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Orioles shake up scouting staff

This is a positive move. Do as you've always done and get what you always got. The Orioles need to do something different after being losers for so many years. If they are going to put more emphasis on the minors leagues and scouting this is how to do it without increasing cost. With today's stats and video of everything you really don't need a live scout at so many pro games to get the information you need.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Orioles shake up scouting staff

I did not know that a ProScout doing Amateur Scouting is a demotion.  I hope the pay is the same


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