Duquette believes Orioles staffing levels are sufficient
One of the things that interested me the most during Monday’s teleconference with Dan Duquette and new amateur scouting director Gary Rajsich was Duquette’s reaction when asked about the organization’s number of scouts.
This has been a bone of contention with many in the organization throughout the years. The Orioles trail many of their AL counterparts, especially East rivals the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox, in resources and employees in their respective scouting departments. International, especially, is a comparative joke.
Duquette and Rajsich both said that one of their priorities is to fill some of the holes that were created this offseason when certain scouts left or were dismissed (as part of normal attrition). Beyond that, though, Duquette said he is comfortable with the numbers.
“In regards to the staffing and the staffing levels, we have appropriate staffing levels and we are going to be making some other changes to the staff to make sure that we are strong, not just in amateur scouting, but in professional and international scouting as well,” Duquette said.
So it seems like it will be more of a change in how the current personnel is utilized than a big spike in staffing numbers. Interesting development.
Truth is, some people within the past regime felt that was one of the things Andy MacPhail didn’t do well. He didn’t fully utilize those at his disposal, from his top assistants down to his area scouts. He was somewhat hands off when it came to that aspect of managing.
The Duquette regime, at least in this matter, looks like it will be different.