Confirmed #Angels are making a change at scouting director. Ric Wilson, who held the job, is considering other positions in organization.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 4, 2016
There seems to be a shakeup starting in the Angels front office. Organizational scouting has been a subject of debate among the masses, leaving many to wonder if the state of the farm system could still have been better even with all of the trades the club has made in recent years. Perhaps so.
For one thing, the Rangers still have a decent pipeline of young players despite sending large packages for Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, as well as finishing near the top of the league in wins in five of the last six years. Texas could have deleted their system, and have not had the greatest draft slots. But they’re still bringing up good talent from the minors. So what gives?
Could it be luck? Or is it just not the same scouting regime that existed in the previous two decades, when the Angels basically brought up their greatest pool of young players in their history over about a 15 year period, had one of the highest rated farm systems in the Major League Baseball around 2007, and then brought up the game’s best player.
Eddie Bane was the Scouting Director who played a big hand in all of that. Before him, Bill Bavasi was responsible for bringing in the core that he eventually oversaw as General Manager, and then won the World Series after Bavasi handed the reigns over to a new front office and coaching staff led by Bill Stoneman and Mike Scioscia.
Those were glorious times for this organization. So what happened?
If the Rangers can still do it after trading away lots of talent and not getting much better draft positions, then there’s really no excuse for the Angels.
So one can argue this kind of thing weighs heavily in the decision to remove Ric Wilson. Hopefully the next Scouting Director will be one that will bring a fresh approach that will result in a return to top notch scouting and player development.
And as much as Billy Eppler has had his growing pains in his first year as the Angels’ General Manager, his upbringing in the Yankees organization should help him bring in a Scouting Director that will help this club back to the successful path they were on a decade ago.