A considerable amount of shuffling has taken place within the Red Sox front office.
Amiel Sawdaye, the Red Sox’ director of amateur scouting for the last five drafts, has been promoted to vice president with a focus on domestic and international scouting, a role comparable to the one that current assistant GM Mike Hazen occupied (as VP of player development and amateur scouting) between his role as farm director and his promotion to his current position.
Under Sawdaye, the Sox’ drafts churned out prospects in volume. Among them:
2010: Bryce Brentz (supplemental first round), Anthony Ranaudo (supplemental first round), Brandon Workman (second round), Sean Coyle (third round), Garin Cecchini (fourth round)
2011: Matt Barnes (first round), Blake Swihart (first round), Henry Owens (supplemental first round), Jackie Bradley Jr. (supplemental first round), Mookie Betts (fifth round), Travis Shaw (ninth round)
2012: Deven Marrero (first round), Brian Johnson (first round)
2013: Trey Ball (first round), Teddy Stankiewicz (second round), Joe Gunkel (18th round), Mauricio Dubon (26th round), Nick Longhi (30th round)
2014: Michael Chavis (first round), Michael Kopech (first round), Sam Travis (second round), Jake Cosart (third round), Kevin McAvoy (fourth round)
With Sawdaye moving up, Mike Rikard — who had served as a national cross-checker for the last five drafts — has been elevated to the director of amateur scouting. Rikard has been working closely with the entire scouting department over the last five years since moving up to national crosschecker. He joined the Sox from the Padres in 2005 as an East Coast crosschecker.
The changes to the domestic amateur scouting department go beyond Sawdaye and Rikard, as assistant director of amateur scouting Gus Quattlebaum is moving to serve as assistant director of international and professional scouting. Like Rikard, Quattlebaum is considered not only a skilled evaluator in his own right but also a valuable teacher of other scouts, and so by diversifying Quattlebaum’s skill set, the Sox saw an opportunity to add to their front-office and scouting depth. With Quattlebaum changing departments, Steve Sanders (previously a scouting coordinator) will be the new assistant director of amateur scouting.
Some trusted evaluators have left the organization. Dave Finley, who had been serving as director of player personnel, and Galen Carr, a special assignment scout whose time in the front office predates the current Sox ownership group, have both been hired by the Dodgers, Finley as VP of scouting and Carr as director of player personnel.
While the Sox largely felt comfortable promoting personnel from within to address the departures, the organization has added another voice to its evaluation team, hiring Paul Fryer from the Dodgers. Fryer had served as L.A.’s global cross-checker, a capacity in which he was part of the team that signed outfielder Yasiel Puig and elite left-handed pitching prospect Julio Urias.
The team’s player development staff also reconfigured, as assistant director of player development Duncan Webb left the organization to explore new career opportunities. In his place, Brian Abraham — a Worcester native who had been the Sox’ bullpen catcher for the last two years — will support farm director Ben Crockett.
Adrian Lozano, a baseball operations intern who had served as an interpreter for Yoenis Cespedes and Rusney Castillo, has been hired as a major league staff assistant.