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COVERING CUBA, EUROPE, LATIN AMERICA, MEXICO, THE PACIFIC RIM AND VENEZUELAPedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar join the Dodger scouting group.

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Dodgers added experience to their international team of scouts with the signing of Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar it was announced by Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti.

The six scouts will serve under Bob Engle, who was hired by the Dodgers on November 1 as Vice-President of International Scouting.

Colletti also announced the hiring of Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel and professional scouts Willie Fraser and Scott Groot.  Former Dodger third baseman Bill Mueller, who served as special assistant, player personnel, will become a full-time professional scout.

The six international scouts will cover the following areas—Avila will be coordinator of Venezuela operations, Grimaldi will be coordinator of European operations, Guerrero will be coordinator of Latin America, Kelly will be coordinator of the Pacific Rim, Storvick will be special assignment scout in the Pacific Rim and Tosar will be coordinator of Cuba and Mexico.

“The experience and international knowledge these scouts possess will benefit our organization immediately,” said Colletti.

Avila has been scouting Venezuela for 16 years, working with Toronto (1996-99), Seattle (2000-08) and the Texas Rangers (2008-12).  He was instrumental in the signing of Felix Hernandez.

Grimaldi returns to the Dodgers, where he began as an international scout from 1990-2000.  He also scouted for the Minnesota Twins (2000-2007), the Cincinnati Reds (2008) and the Seattle Mariners (2009-12).

Guerrero had been with the Seattle Mariners since 2000.  The son of Epy Guerrero worked for Toronto in 1995, the Baltimore Orioles from 1996-98 and returned to Toronto in 1999 before joining the Mariners.  Guerrero was instrumental in the signing of right-hander Michael Pineda.

Kelly, who resides in Adelaide, Australia, returns to the Dodgers, where he was Pacific Rim coordinator from 2000-2005.  He left the Dodgers to join the Seattle Mariners for the past seven years.  Kelly played nine seasons in the Majors with the Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays.

Storvick, the first American scout based in Taiwan, had been with the Seattle Mariners since 1999.  His role was expanded in 2008 to include South Korea.  Storvick is a graduate of Faulkner State College and Oklahoma City University and a native of Anoka, MN.

Tosar played in the New York Mets, Yankees and Montreal Expos organizations from 1991-95.  He was a coach in the Minnesota Twins organization in 2002 and turned to scouting the following year and eventually scouted for the Seattle Mariners from 2005-10.

Bard caught for 10 years in the Majors (2002-11).  He joined the Dodgers in 2012 and was a back-up for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.

Fraser comes to the Dodgers from the Angels, where he has scouted since 2010.  Fraser pitched parts of eight seasons in the Majors with the Angels (1986-90), Blue Jays (1991), Cardinals (1991), Marlins (1994) and Expos (1995).  He also pitched three years in Japan.

Groot returns to the Dodgers, where he worked from 1998-2004.  Prior to joining the Dodgers, he started his scouting career with Minnesota (1991-98).  After 2004, he worked as a sports management consultant and teacher and returned to scouting for Kansas City (2010-12).

Mueller, who played 11 years in the Majors, joined the Dodgers in 2009 as an assistant to general manager Colletti.  He will join the Dodgers’ scouting staff in 2013.

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  1. Mark_Timmons says:

    I would have to say that Guggs and Company are not messing around.

  2. Bobbie17 says:

    Great news. Fresh talent every year. Forget free agency.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Further indication that the Dodgers take player development very seriously, and don’t intend always to be mining free agency and trades for most of their upgrades. They’re just doing that now because the major league team needed a lot more upgrades than were ready to be provided by our inadequate minor league system.

    B17 made the following comments in the previous thread.

    “Tori Hunter has to play. Crawford is the backup until he proves otherwise. Hunter and a solid #2 pitcher sounds good. Maybe this gets done without getting rid of Ethier. Ethier is a solid player. He’s not a star. We have enough of those, now. The Rangers might want him, though, if Hamilton leaves. I’ll take any Rangers starting position player. Texas has a reserve outfielder, Gentry, who is ready to be good, too. I like the Korean pitcher, although not tested here. All are interesting possibilities. Don’t forget who you have to beat–SF. They will be back, probably stronger than before.”

    Although he hasn’t yet been signed by the Dodgers (and may never be), Torii Hunter has to be the starting LF while Carl Crawford rides the pine, “until he proves otherwise”. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so I have nothing to say (although everyone has a pretty good idea what I’m thinking). I don’t know if I’d take every Texas Ranger’s starting position player, since I can’t recall who all of them are. So I’ll pass on that one. However, I did look up this Gentry person. Turns out that it’s Craig Gentry, another of those “young” guys (like the 27 year old SVS) who will turn 29 later this month. For those interested, here’s his stats:

    I have nothing more to say.

  4. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Regarding the return of the Dodgers to an emphasis on international talent, there’s this:

    Interesting that Colletti and his staff emphasized to Kasten the need for the Dodgers to accent international operations again. So maybe we really don’t know Colletti, now that he’s out from under the restraints put on him (and the rest of the Dodgers’ organization) during the McCourt years. We may have a whole new GM w/o actually having a hired a new one. I for one will withhold judgment until I begin to see a pattern develop.

  5. SpokaneBob says:

    The expansion of international scouting is great. We are going forward on all fronts.

    I would like to chip in on the Tori Hunter discussion. I thought that Tori was a better option than Cody Ross or Victorino. Badger explained how it could work and it just makes us a better team. No need to trade Ethier. Odds are Andre, Kemp and Crawford will all miss some time. We want quality on the field all the time. I think it is a great move and I hope it happens.

    • ken says:

      About time. In the past Ned appeared to utilize poor negotiation tactics resulting in overpayment of player contracts. Nice to be able to negotiate from a position of strength.

  6. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Could be that Torii Hunter will not be wearing Dodger blue this summer.

    If so, I’m sure there are other options. Maybe Youkilis makes more sense as the primary guy off the bench, and serving as a DH. Splitting those duties between two players would have been difficult. Of course, the Dodgers haven’t signed Youkilis either. But it’s early, something or things will eventually get done.

  7. Badger says:

    The Dodgers need a professional hitter coming off the bench in those late inning PH situations. Youkilis would be great for that role. But at 34, is he ready to ride the pine? He had 500 at bats last year. Would he get that many on this team? If Cruz plays as well as he did last year, the answer would be no.

    I still say Hunter belongs in the AL. He wants to be on the field and in the lineup more than he would get to in L.A.. Sure he would be great for the Dodgers, but the situation is not great for Hunter.

    Having said that, sounds like the Braves might be in it for him. He is from the south and grew up a Braves fan. They have a good team down there. What they don’t have is the designated hitter.

  8. Mark_Timmons says:

    If the Dodgers get Youkilis, it will be to be a starter at 3B. I think he could be a a very solid addition with Big Macs help. I’d expect .280+ with 20+ HR and 80+ RBI.

    I think he can get a 2-3 year deal – then Seager will be ready (hopefully).

    The Dodgers like Cruz as a “supersub” not a starter.

    Gordon has 9 Errors – he’s not playing SS for the Dodgers anytime soon and if the Dodgers had designs of moving him to 2B, why not do it in the Winter league?

  9. Mark_Timmons says:

    Gordon committed his 9th error on the 11th and then was the DH on the 12th!

  10. DRomo says:

    I love Gordon but I think he has peaked. This is who he is. He reminds me of a Tommy Goodwin type. He is fast but he is just too small and his game isn’t going to work at the MLB level. I would think he is trade bait now while he still holds some value.

    What I think we all agree on is this ownership group is great SO FAR. If they win it will be better. However while the baseball media is going on and on about the amount of money that is potentially going to be spent on free agency by the Dodgers the BIG DEAL for me is the scouting and development attention we are seeing now. This is going to be huge. The Dodgers will soon be the elite orginization for scouting and development (like we used to be).

    Soon we will not have to spend ridiculously to sign the free agent and hope for the best. The elite talent will be coming from within. This is a recipe to win now and keep winning.

    I love it.

    Its an exciting time to be a Dodger fan.

  11. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Can’t agree with you Romey that Gordon has peaked. Maybe he’ll get it at short or maybe he’ll be moved to 2B or CF. The problem seems to be throwing, and a move to 2B would shorten his throws, and might be the solution to that problem. And I simply don’t buy the small thing. There have been successful small players in the past, and I’m not convinced that a little more maturity won’t lead to the 10-15 pounds he needs to add. And given that muscle is more dense than fat, it could come not only via diet, but a targeted work-out program. And again, there’s still room more for further maturation, which generally translates into additional weight. In fact, we haven’t seen Gordon lately. For all any of us know, he’s already added some weight. Finally, we still don’t know if the thumb injury he had isn’t contributing to his errors. Those kinds of injuries can linger.

    Whatever the case, I’m convinced that Gordon will hit. Last I looked he was getting on base at over a .400 clip in winter ball. And if he plays with the Dodgers, at whatever position, and manages a .360 OBP, he will be invaluable. He hit about .300 in 2011, and although he hit .228 last year, keep in mind that at one point he was below the Mendoza line. Unless the Dodgers can land an impact player in a deal that includes Gordon, he needs to stay and needs to play. And I wouldn’t be too anxious to rid the Dodgers of a player who didn’t start playing baseball seriously until his senior year in HS. Just my opinion.


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