Scouting and the Draft
Staying with the scouting theme, starting Monday, scouting director Logan White and his staff will be at Dodger Stadium preparing for the June 6 First-Year Player Draft. During that time, Logan will go through the painstaking process of putting together “the board,” which is a preferential listing of all of the high school and college players that we would consider drafting.
In order to arrive at that list, Logan and his staff go over each player in detail with the area scout who originally filed a report, any cross checker who may have seen the player, look at any video of the player, review the player’s medical history and determine the player’s willingness to sign. In the end there will be about 600 names on the board. From those names, we will wind up drafting as many as 50 players, which is as many rounds as the draft goes now.
It is a very monotonous and tiring process and will take every bit of the eight days leading up to the draft. The way Logan has structured his staff, he has himself, special advisor Gib Bodet and Tim Hallgren who serve as national cross checkers, which means they see as many of the top players nationally as possible.
In addition we have three regional cross checkers — Tom Thomas in the West, Gary Nichols in the Midwest and John Barr in the East. All of these men will be with Logan the entire time here in LA. This is a particularly experienced group, as Hallgren, Nichols and Barr are former scouting directors.
Ned Colletti, Kim Ng, and myself also take part. In addition, farm director Terry Collins will arrive around draft day to lend support and also advise Logan on the farm system’s needs as we get down to the end of the draft. Often Logan will bring in some area scouts to take part in the process so that they can experience what the draft room is like.
I have taken part in many drafts both as an area scout and as an assistant GM, yet I am always impressed with the amount of information that a scouting director must process in order to conduct a draft. In Logan, we feel like we have one of the best.
Today’s L.A. Times has an interesting article by Steve Henson about the Dodgers’ theories when it comes to the First-Year Player Draft.
And, for those who can’t wait until June 1 to see another game at Dodger Stadium or want to scout a high school game, you can come down tomorrow at 2:30, when the City Section Championship game will be played between Chatsworth and Kennedy.
Chatsworth is currently ranked sixth in the nation by Baseball America and just happens to be my alma mater, where my old baseball coach Tom Meusborn, is still leading the nationally renowned program.