NASHVILLE – The Braves shuffled their major league scouting department and hired two veteran scouts, Dave “Doc” Holliday and Brad Sloan, as special assistants to general manager Frank Wren.
Holliday, who spent the past 19 seasons as a Colorado Rockies special assistant, will be assigned to cover the American League. Sloan will be a major league scout for the Braves, after spending the past nine years as a scout with the Los Angeles Angels and six as San Diego Padres scouting director.
The Braves also promoted special assistant Dom Chiti, whose duties will including pitching development and special-assignment scouting.
Chiti was a special assistant/major league scout the past four seasons, but late during the 2012 season he also worked with Braves pitching prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado to help get them back on track. He will do more work like that alongside Braves pitching coaches in the minors and major league pitching coach Roger McDowell.
With Holliday assigned specifically to the AL, special assistant/major league scout Jeff Wren will cover the National League. It’s the sixth season in the organization for Wren, younger brother of the GM.
Special assistant Jim Fregosi will continue to scout all 30 major league teams. Both he and Chiti had that assignment previously.
“Now Dom is going to do some special assignment scouting, where he’ll see some international free agents that are major-league ready, an area where we want to branch him off,” Wren said. “And then he’ll also go through our system with our pitching and help in that. So we wanted to free him up to do that.
“When we reconfigured, we wanted to have a couple of guys focus on leagues, so Holliday will focus on the AL and Jeff on the NL. We feel like we really strengthened what was already a good scouting staff.”