Friday, November 6, 2009

Grant on King Preller (@BA)

"There will be directors of pro, international and amateur scouting, but all will report to Preller.Former Baseball America staffer Josh Boyd will handle the pro scouts and Mike Daly will move from assistant director of international operations to direct the international efforts. The biggest change comes on the amateur side, where national crosschecker Kip Fagg moves into the scouting director's position, though it's likely that Preller will have the ultimate authority in that area. Scouting director Ron Hopkins will become a special assistant to the GM after running drafts that produced current Rangers Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Derek Holland and Julio Borbon.

"These moves are designed to strengthen and further integrate our scouting departments across the board," Daniels said. "It is consistent with our goal to be the top scouting and player development organization in the game as well as our belief to promote from within when appropriate."

The moves also should further strengthen the voice of senior director of baseball operations Don Welke. Welke and Preller have a close working relationship and spent time together in the Dodgers organization. Welke's voice also grows because the Rangers fired special assistant to the GM Jay Robertson, whose voice often carried the most weight for Daniels' first couple of seasons on the job, and senior adviser Mel Didier, who has spent more than 50 years in pro baseball. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the moves is that the Rangers shuffled bodies around in an organization that seemed to have scouting and player development working well together. BA ranked the organization No. 1 in minor league talent prior to the 2009 season. "


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