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Lee MacPhail

Orioles make sweeping changes to scouting department

Orioles make sweeping changes to scouting department

The Orioles have had a major shakeup in their scouting department, hiring a new national crosschecker while dissolving most of their pro scouting section. Instead of having a professional scouting department, as most organizations do, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has decided to severely minimize that faction as he emphasizes video evaluation on the pro level and a need for more scouting in the amateur ranks. The club’s two big league scouts, Bruce Kison and Dave Engle, will continue in their roles. However, the six remaining pro scouts, most of whom who had specific organizations assigned to them, have been offered jobs as amateur scouts, preparing reports on...