Blue Jays Scouting, International Signings, and Draft Order Update

Spring Training is right around the corner, and many changes and signings have taken place over the last few months. This kind of down time allows us to take a deep breath before the anticipation of the 2012 season builds during the few months before the season starts, and also allows us to do some updating of the site and its information.

Blue Jays Scouting Update

As some of you may know, we here at Jays Journal keep an updated list of who is hired to scout for the Blue Jays and what role they have within the organization. We’ve done so since Alex Anthopoulos took the helm and made it one of his mandates to enhance the abilities and effectiveness of the scouting department.

The page where we have kept an up-to-date account of who is hired for what job is available here. It is normally updated every few months, with the changes pointed out in red.

I have just completed the latest “New Year’s” update, and noticed the following major changes:

  • 4 new positions have been created at top of the food chain of Jays scouting. They are: “Special Assistant to Amateur Scouting” held by Chuck LaMar, “Special Assistant Scout” held by Jon Lalonde, “Dominican Republic Scouting Director” held by Jose Rosario, and “Venezuelan Scouting Director” held by Luis Marquez.
  • Simultaneously, 2 positions in the International Scouting department have been closed (Hilario Soriano and Domingo Toribio were let go), both from the Dominican Republic. So, the new Dominican Republic Scouting Director and Venezuelan Scouting Director positions “essentially” took over those positions and had them promoted up-the-chain.
  • 2 new positions have been created in the “Professional Video Scouting” department. One held by Joe Barbera, and one held by Pete Holmes. Calvin Minascian, who just had his position as the only video scout created in 2011, now becomes the “Professional Video Scouting Director”, an entirely new position.
  • A new Regional Cross-Checker (RCC) position was created, making it a total of 6 RCC in the Jays Scouting Department. Rob St-Julien who had previously been an Area Scout in the Louisiana area, was promoted into that position, leaving no Area Scout permanently located in the State of Louisiana. Instead, a new Area Scout, Brian Johnston, was added to the Los Angeles California area.
  • Finally, Rick Down left the Professional Scouting Department, being replaced by Jim Skaalen.

In total, there were 5 more positions added to an already impressive number of scouting department personnel. The fact that the Jays have decided to bring a Dominican and Venezuelan Director to the table at the top of the scouting department tells us just how heavily they plan on being involved in those regions. Chuck LaMar and Jon Lalonde take up new positions that should make the jobs of Alex Anthopoulos and Andrew Tinnish (to whom they’re supposed to provide assistance respectively) much easier. The newly increased emphasis on Video Scouting is intriguing and should also make everyone’s job much easier to complete. And finally, adding a Regional Cross-Checker lessens the burden on all Regional Cross-Checkers and allows more eyes to spend more time on important prospects.

The Jays continue to invest heavily in their scouting department. With the new CBA in place, it’s more important than ever that each and every draft pick and international signing be as heavily scouted as possible. The changes the Jays have made of late should help them do so and will hopefully help them land some great players.

Jays Journal International Signings Page Update

The additional time off over the holidays has allowed us to update the “International Signings” page, which provides an account of the majority of the significant international signings the Jays have completed since 2002 (the last decade). You won’t find anything else like it on the web and we will continue to improve it over time. Some changes include the addition of video, basic stats, and various sources of information and rankings.

The 2012 MLB Draft Order

If at any time you’re wondering where the MLB Draft order stands and where the scouting department will get to fire their salvos in the upcoming draft, you can find the current order (subject to change as FA players sign) here.

When it comes to present, past, and future draft and international players being added to the Jays, we’ve got you covered!

-MG

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  • jakely

    It seems to me Anthopolous has done a superb job. If you take a gm position with a mandate to start over, you give yourself a 5 year, or so, time frame to start seeing things come to fruition. What happens in Toronto in the 4th or 5th year? The deepest pitching talent pool in the game is added to this core of players. The average age will be nothing. I see nothing of significance given up for Lawrie, Morrow, Rasmus or Escobar. I’d probably of given it all up for Lawrie alone. The potential payoff with those 4 is huge. Their primes will be for us if we choose, nothing short of great trading. In the meantime he’s upgraded the minor league operation to state of the art. Cleared dead salary so all the financial flexibility you could ask for is there when you switch gears. It’s timed to occur when we can expect inevitable yankee decline. Mega money still tied up in an old CC, A-Rod and Teixiera. Jeter and especially Rivera are gone. The yankees have much work to do to maintain their level. A timed perfect storm of talent, youth, pitching depth, financial freedom and weakened competition backed up by a model farm operation. That is no one year wonder set up. It looks to be about as good as you can do it.

  • jakely

    It seems to me Anthopolous has done a superb job. If you take a gm position with a mandate to start over, you give yourself a 5 year, or so, time frame to start seeing things come to fruition. What happens in Toronto in the 4th or 5th year? The deepest pitching talent pool in the game is added to this core of players. The average age will be nothing. I see nothing of significance given up for Lawrie, Morrow, Rasmus or Escobar. I’d probably of given it all up for Lawrie alone. The potential payoff with those 4 is huge. Their primes will be for us if we choose, nothing short of great trading. In the meantime he’s upgraded the minor league operation to state of the art. Cleared dead salary so all the financial flexibility you could ask for is there when you switch gears. It’s timed to occur when we can expect inevitable yankee decline. Mega money still tied up in an old CC, A-Rod and Teixiera. Jeter and especially Rivera are gone. The yankees have much work to do to maintain their level. A timed perfect storm of talent, youth, pitching depth, financial freedom and weakened competition backed up by a model farm operation. That is no one year wonder set up. It looks to be about as good as you can do it.

  • Blueboo

    AA has done a good job. My concern is whether fans will tolerate another forth/fifth place finish. Personally I don’t think that pie in the sky is going to sell for another year. This talent has to start showing on the field in a dramatic fashion (wins). I see no downside to signing Fielder for up to seven years. It sure would alleviate a lot of question marks in the pitching.

  • Blueboo

    AA has done a good job. My concern is whether fans will tolerate another forth/fifth place finish. Personally I don’t think that pie in the sky is going to sell for another year. This talent has to start showing on the field in a dramatic fashion (wins). I see no downside to signing Fielder for up to seven years. It sure would alleviate a lot of question marks in the pitching.

  • jakely

    I dont see impatient fans as having any choice. Jumping ship now is akin to pete best leaving just before that took off so well. They certainly will tolerate a real run of contending years and that’s what is on the horizon if they dont do anything too risky too early. I’m ok with Fielder at the right length, but he carries plan killing risk on his terms. He’d be great short term and is out of the question long term, quite an extreme. With him and Boras I dont think short is likely. In our position, the timing of getting big into free agency is critical. Commiting big at this early stage is unwise, imo. It’s understandable wanting it because this kinda looks good enough where a couple of big additions might get us in line for that extra wildcard. I think that speaks more to the job being done rather than signifies the time is now. Teams doing this always go thru a growth period and should allow it to happen. Texas being the most recent example. We shouldn’t be aiming for maybe the wildcard now, no maybe anything .It looks to be set up much better than that. I think with the sheer number of arms there are coming (insurance, no way they all fail), talent level looking at us now, and all the money available to use where it best fits then guarantees success. There’s your goal of an annual contender in a short 4 years.Take the sure route..

  • jakely

    I dont see impatient fans as having any choice. Jumping ship now is akin to pete best leaving just before that took off so well. They certainly will tolerate a real run of contending years and that’s what is on the horizon if they dont do anything too risky too early. I’m ok with Fielder at the right length, but he carries plan killing risk on his terms. He’d be great short term and is out of the question long term, quite an extreme. With him and Boras I dont think short is likely. In our position, the timing of getting big into free agency is critical. Commiting big at this early stage is unwise, imo. It’s understandable wanting it because this kinda looks good enough where a couple of big additions might get us in line for that extra wildcard. I think that speaks more to the job being done rather than signifies the time is now. Teams doing this always go thru a growth period and should allow it to happen. Texas being the most recent example. We shouldn’t be aiming for maybe the wildcard now, no maybe anything .It looks to be set up much better than that. I think with the sheer number of arms there are coming (insurance, no way they all fail), talent level looking at us now, and all the money available to use where it best fits then guarantees success. There’s your goal of an annual contender in a short 4 years.Take the sure route..

  • Donnyboy

    Good information Mat!! I am anxious to see where Baseball America rates the Blue Jay Organization & Farm System in 2012. My guess is as high as #4 or #5 in MLB.

    As far as adding Prince Fielder goes, it makes little sense to me. After converting Adam Lind to 1B last season, I believe the Jays are going to give Adam at least half a season to show whether he can revert to his 2009 form. If he further regresses or exhibits the same form as in 2010, I see one of two things happening, a trade for a premier 1st baseman or a promotion from AAA (D’Arnaud) , with JP Arencibia being converted to 1B.

    Furthermore, I don’t think the Jays organization wants anything to do with Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras.

  • Donnyboy

    Good information Mat!! I am anxious to see where Baseball America rates the Blue Jay Organization & Farm System in 2012. My guess is as high as #4 or #5 in MLB.

    As far as adding Prince Fielder goes, it makes little sense to me. After converting Adam Lind to 1B last season, I believe the Jays are going to give Adam at least half a season to show whether he can revert to his 2009 form. If he further regresses or exhibits the same form as in 2010, I see one of two things happening, a trade for a premier 1st baseman or a promotion from AAA (D’Arnaud) , with JP Arencibia being converted to 1B.

    Furthermore, I don’t think the Jays organization wants anything to do with Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras.

  • JaysJournal

    @Donnyboy

    If Prince Fielder ends up in a Jays uniform, it’s for 1 reason alone: the amount they’re willing to commit yearly for 5 years total surpassed what other teams were willing to give him.

    I’m not sure what that amount would be, but I will also add that the Jays may be the only team out there that would see an opt out clause for Prince as a good thing. If they hedge their bets that he’ll opt out like CC did, then they’d be more likely to get involved. Having said that, AA has a history of only signing players to team friendly terms without any gimmicks, so I’d say the chances of his being interested in Prince at all are slim to nil as a result.

  • JaysJournal

    @Donnyboy

    If Prince Fielder ends up in a Jays uniform, it’s for 1 reason alone: the amount they’re willing to commit yearly for 5 years total surpassed what other teams were willing to give him.

    I’m not sure what that amount would be, but I will also add that the Jays may be the only team out there that would see an opt out clause for Prince as a good thing. If they hedge their bets that he’ll opt out like CC did, then they’d be more likely to get involved. Having said that, AA has a history of only signing players to team friendly terms without any gimmicks, so I’d say the chances of his being interested in Prince at all are slim to nil as a result.

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