View Full Version : Mark Lacnaster talks with Johnny Almaraz

02-12-2006, 07:18 PM
Spoke with Johnny Almaraz a while ago. He said he hasn't mapped out a player development strategy in detail with Wayne Krivsky yet, but that'll come when he gets to Sarasota. In the meantime, he said his approach will center on simplifying things and emphasizing fundamentals. In addition, he'll keep up the changes already put in motion by Tim Naehring and Grant Griesser, with an eye toward making sure each player's specific needs are addressed more readily than in the past.

"Weíre going to individualize every single program for every guy in the system," said Almaraz. "Thatíll be the big positive. And of course, the take-a-strike, weíve modified that, thatís no longer going to exist. Pitch counts will exist, but itís not one blanket program. If it needs to exist for a certain individual, it will. If it doesnít for another, it wonít."

By the way, his title also includes the "director of international operations" tag. In that role, he'll oversee all of the Reds' international programs, mainly in Latin America, including scouting. But it doesn't sound as if he'll be doing as much international scouting himself as has been the case in the past.

Thought some of this might spark up some discussion.

02-12-2006, 08:37 PM
Sounds like Johnny Almaraz has some juice in this organization.

Team Clark
02-12-2006, 09:11 PM
Johnny was one of less than a handful of scouts that had "signing authority". Says a lot about Johnny and less about their current staff. I'd be willing to bet the farm all that will be changed when contracts expire in Oct.

02-12-2006, 11:09 PM
"We’re going to individualize every single program for every guy in the system," said Almaraz.

So every player in the Reds' system has an IEP? Will they also start riding in smaller buses?