Former Sox Scouting Director McLeod Introduced in San Diego
|12.04.09 at 6:26 pm ET|
Jason McLeod, who served as the director of the Red Sox’ amateur scouting department for the 2005-09 drafts — a period in which Boston was consistently considered to rate among the best drafts in the game — was introduced on Friday as the new Assistant GM for the San Diego Padres. McLeod will work with Padres GM Jed Hoyer, who left his post as Assistant GM in Boston to take his job in San Diego.
McLeod suggested that the decision to leave Boston was not an easy one. The Red Sox presented a particularly appealing work environment for an amateur scouting director, given the team’s investment of resources and intellectual energy into its scouting operations. But, the opportunity for McLeod to enjoy a broader scope of responsibilities, coupled with the chance to return home to the San Diego area and to work with Hoyer, was too good for him to pass up.
“It wasn’t just a slam dunk because of San Diego and the opportunity to come home. I think I was at a point in my career where certainly I was interested in gaining more responsibility, learning more as an executive. The opportunity that Jed presented to come here had a lot of meat on the bone,” McLeod said in a conference call. “Scouting and evaluating is what I love to do. It’s something that I think I’m very good at. For me, personally, I’ve always felt that your minor-league system is the life blood of the organization. To me, draft day is one of the most important if not the most important days of the year for any organization. I don’t take it lightly, the impact that an amateur scout has on a major-league organization.
“When Jed presented the opportunity and described what he was looking for out of this role, it was extremely compelling to me. It had to be. I was in a great situation in Boston, working for a great organization, one of the most talented GMs in the game with ownership that gave us the support that they did. It wasn’t going to be just any situation that I would leave for. It had to be certainly fulfilling, challenging from a professional standpoint. That’s exactly what I saw with this situation.”
Hoyer, meanwhile, described himself as “thrilled” to be adding to his staff a person whom he described as “a great evaluator” in McLeod. He suggested that the fruits of McLeods successes are quite obvious when examining the organization that he left behind.
“All you have to do is look out on the field for the Red Sox right now and go around the field to see the success,” said Hoyer. “In the infield, you’ve got Pedroia and Lowrie. You’ve got Ellsbury in the outfield. You’ve got pitchers like Bard, like Buchholz, pitchers who we’ve traded away like Masterson, like Hagadone, and obviously, a very good minor-league system that he left behind. I think the success that Jason had as the scouting director in Boston kind of speaks for itself.”
Even so, Hoyer said that while McLeod was an important part of the success of the Boston front office, he also believed that the Red Sox would continue to thrive even after his departure. The Red Sox operate through collaborative processes, and Hoyer said that the group of people who remain in the Boston organization are capable of sustaining the success of their scouting effort.
“The last thing I’d want to do is imply that it wasn’t a big team effort in Boston. There’s a lot of great people that work there and have done great work. The Red Sox are going to operate just fine going forward because of all those great people and those processes,” said Hoyer. “I’m thrilled to have Jason here to run scouting and player development here because I know how talented he is, and obviously how successful he’s been, but at the same time the Red Sox are going to operate just fine. They’ve got a lot of depth on their bench, to use a cliché, and they’ll move forward just fine.”
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