Ryan said recently he has very little to do with the draft...that he was much more involved in the draft in the last few years when he wasn't GM. He said he lets them do their thing.
DL: What is your role in the draft?
TR: Not too much. I watch and listen. I do go to see some [players]. I see some. Just enough to be dangerous. That dabbling in the scouting world is a dangerous situation, because you donít have a very good cross-section of whatís out there. I can do the skills, and I can do the makeup, probably. It doesnít take any genius to go out and run a stopwatch or look at a radar gun or mechanics, and evaluate the skills. If youíve been around, you can do that. But where does he go country-wise? Is he up here, or is he down here? I donít see enough to be able to slot him in very well. Thatís when itís dangerous. Thatís why I stay out of it and let our scouting department make the choices. They are the ones that live and die with it 365 days out of the year. Iím only a dabbler and thatís not good. Last year I was much more involved, because I wasnít the GM.'
Q&A: Terry Ryan, Twins general manager | FanGraphs Baseball
Liked this one, too.
DL: There is a perception that your organization drafts and develops strike throwers, but not hard throwers.
TR: Well you can’t make a guy a hard thrower — more than likely — unless he already possesses arm strength. You can get a young, frail-bodied guy and once he develops and matures and so forth… and we got plenty of hard-throwers. But we do like strike-throwers. There’s no doubt about that. Number one, usually when you get strike-throwers, that means they’ve got pretty good mechanics and pretty good deliveries. That usually means they stay healthy. Everybody likes that. So, if there’s a hard-thrower out there, we like him. We’ve had a lot of success with the Radkes of the world. Santana threw hard. You show me a hard-thrower that’s available and I guarantee you we’ll take a good look at him.
Now we know why there is so much optimism in the 2012 Rule 4 draft.
The point was his comment on hard throwers.
You show me a hard-thrower that’s available and I guarantee you we’ll take a good look at him.
That, in light of comments made by others on a thread, I thought was interesting.
If the draft was a failure who would get the blame but Ryan? If a trade is bad, who gets the blame but Ryan? When they do or don't sign mediocre pitchers as free agents who gets the blame? Ryan makes the decision presumably from data. Who is the one in all of the cases collecting the data, scouts. If there are bad decisions and Ryan is to blame, than he gets the credit when they do well.
Ryan does not run the draft, the head scout does. In most MLB organizations, unlike every other sport, the GM cedes the draft to the head of scouting. Now, Ryan might hire that guy, so ultimately it is on him, but he runs his org like most every other MLB org.
The head scout possibly had something to do with the Hardy trade? and Nishioka?