The Dodgers seem intent on scouting every part of the world where baseball is played.
Two days after winning the bidding rights to Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers announced Monday they’ve hired six new scouts to work under Bob Engle, the VP of international scouting.
Pedro Avila will handle Venezuela; Gene Grimaldi is in charge of Europe; Patrick Guerrero will work Latin America; Pat Kelly will oversee operations in the Pacific Rim; Jamey Storvick will also work in the Pacific Rim and Mike Tosar will be in charge of finding players in Cuba and Mexico.
The Dodgers made a couple of other tweaks to their front office. They hired former major league catcher Josh Bard to be a special assistant in player personnel and hired scouts Willie Fraser and Scott Groot. Former batting champion Bill Mueller will switch from being a special assistant for player personnel to scouting.
It’s not uncommon for scouts to switch teams at this time of year, as typically their contracts expire in November.