Pete Abraham (LoHud) has an excellent read out on the pro scouting department that Brian Cashman built and bolstered back in 2005, which was the year Cash reportedly gained autonomy over the organization’s baseball operations. Basically, the department focuses on scouting pro players in order to inform future trades, waiver claims and other various moves. Cashman furthered the pro scouting agenda last year, bringing Bill Livesey back in late October.
To be perfectly honest, it’s sort of stunning to read this piece and realize that the Yankees — the richest team in baseball — didn’t try to have a leg up on the competition, from a scouting standpoint, until 2005. You would think that they would have used their resources wisely and created a comprehensive pro scouting system years ago.