Padres General Manager A.J. Preller likes scouts. Nearly every person hired by Preller for the front office has a scouting background. But he isn’t done building the scouting department yet. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Padres now have their eye on Red Sox scout Galen Carr.
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Carr has been with the Sox since 1999. According to Ken Picard of Seven Days, Carr spent his first six years leading the team’s advance scouting department, analyzing every player on opposing teams that the Red Sox would play. He was then promoted to major league scout, where he analyzed players on other teams that the Sox might want to acquire. In 2011, he was promoted again to Special Assignment Scout (according to Carr’s LinkedIn profile).
Carr was one of the first two Red Sox personnel to scout Rusney Castillo, the high-profile Cuban center fielder signed by Boston in September.
Carr would be the fourth person hired by Preller with an extensive background in scouting. In addition, longtime Padres employee Randy Smith was recently reassigned to a more scouting-oriented position.
- Don Welke – Hired as VP of Scouting Operations
- David Post – Hired as Special Assistant to the GM and scouting department
- Chris Kemp –Hired as Director of International Scouting
- Randy Smith – Position changed from VP of Player Development to Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations, with a focus on scouting
It is very clear that Preller’s focus as GM of the Padres will lie with an extensive and strong scouting department.