No shortage of sets of eyes
By Tom Groeschen • email@example.com • June 8, 2009
Every team has a different number of scouts, but the Reds are fairly typical these days. Here is a glance at the Reds' amateur scouting division:
Chris Buckley, senior director of scouting: In his fourth season in the Reds' organization, Buckley oversees all aspects of scouting for the June first-year player draft.
Wilma Mann, director of scouting administration: In her 37th year with the Reds, she runs the day-to-day operations of the Reds' scouting department. She is the mother of Reds head athletic trainer Mark Mann.
Scouting supervisors (19 in all) are broken into East and West, covering the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Cross-checkers (five in all) compare scouts' ratings, checking off various opinions. One scout might rate a player a 52 (slightly above big-league average) and another a 49 (slightly below). The cross-checker weighs the opinions and determines a player's actual value.
International scouting (26 people): For Latin America, the Reds have a scouting director (Tony Arias) and an assistant director (Miguel Machado).
The team also has a director of international operations, Jim Stoeckel.
For the fertile Dominican Republic, the team has a scouting coordinator (Richard Jimenez) and four more scouts.
For Venezuela, there is a field coordinator (Joe Miguel Nieves) and four scouts.
The Reds have three scouts in Australia, one in Colombia, one in Germany, one for Hawaii/Japan, one in Italy, one in Korea, one in Nicaragua, one in Panama, one in South Africa, one in Taiwan and one in The Netherlands.
The team has 10 part-time scouts in the United States. That includes two scouts in Cincinnati (Denny Nagel and Marlon Styles).
The Reds also have an 11-man professional scouting bureau headed by Gene Bennett, whose title is senior special assistant to the general manager/pro scout. Bennett has been with the Reds for 57 years overall.
Pro scouts include "advance" scouts, who travel ahead of the major-league club to watch the team the club will play next. Others scout major- and minor-league players who might be offered in trades.
The Reds' pro scouts include former major-league players Mike Squires and Jamie Quirk