The Orioles have shaken up their scouting department

14 Comments

Ken Rosenthal reports that new Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette has basically dissolved the Orioles’ professional scouting department, reassigning the pro scouts to the amateur side:

“As you get more video and statistical analysis on a player, the longer they’re in professional baseball, it’s not as vital to have them seen by eyes, professional eyes,” Duquette said. “Players establish a record of their work. “Some of the trends that the statistics track, they’re not trends that professional scouts would normally see in a short look.”

If you don’t think that isn’t gonna get some old anti-sabermetric writers grumbling, you’re crazy.  Looks like we’re gonna have some 2003-era “Moneyball” debates all over again.

Thanks, Dan!