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Scouting Department Shake-up

Posted by bjohnson2348 , 07 December 2016 · 2,412 views

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Scouting Department Shake-up It was time for a change.
On the first day of the 2016 Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Maryland, the Minnesota Twins announced a shake up within their scouting department. Deron Johnson, who was the director of scouting since 2007, has been promoted to senior advisor and will strictly evaluate the top talent here in the states and abroad.
In a corresponding move, Sean Johnson was promoted from West Coast supervisor to director of scouting and will oversee all preparation for the upcoming MLB Draft, where the Twins will have the first overall pick in June. He will also manage the team’s 27-person scouting staff.
The Twins scouting department has been considered to be one of the best in the majors since the 1980s. However, their recent draft history and amateur free agent signings have gained somewhat mixed results, with the top players such as 2B Brian Dozier and OF Max Kepler reaching the majors. Others (OF Brian Buxton, P Tyler Duffy and P Trevor May) have shown some promise, but all have struggled at the big league level and none appear likely to become a bona-fide superstar.
Twins owner Jim Pohlad overhauled his front office following the firing of Terry Ryan in July, who went to the LA Dodgers. He wanted to join the growing trend of hiring a president of baseball operations as well as a general manager. Pohlad hired Derek Falvey as Chief Baseball Officer, who had the authority to bring Thad Levine in as the team’s GM.
The franchise had only five GMs since moving to Minnesota over a half century ago. The culture of the Twins has changed dramatically from “The Little Engine That Could” to avoiding trading away quality players for a mediocre package of talent. Why? Well, it’s because the division has become more difficult to win each year.
Levine felt these promotions reflected the evolution of the franchise and hopefully shape their philosophy in acquiring players moving forward. This was the final move in the team’s restructuring process of their front office, as they want to create a two-tier management structure that oversees the day-to-day operations while developing quality talent in their minor league system. All of these moves come off a hugely disappointing 2016 season the Twins just had.
The Twins new management team wanted to expand Deron Johnson’s role within the organization, as they need to become a little more proactive in recognizing quality talent. He joined the Twins organization in 1994, and was apart of the decision process to select outfielder Aaron Hicks with the first pick of the MLB Draft later that summer.

Sean Johnson became apart of the Twins organization as an area scout in 2002, and will have final say on all draft selections. He expects not to sleep much in his own bed after the holidays because there’s work to be done before the start of spring training. The Johnsons together are the right candidates for the job, as each are committed to building a championship team for the Twin Cities.
The Pohlad family is still believe in letting their baseball people to make baseball decisions.