Braves beef up big-league scouting

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.”

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Joe

December 5th, 2012
10:32 pm

Did the Braves lose anyone from their scouting staff? Thanks

JHarber

December 5th, 2012
10:39 pm

Good scouting staff can see the results from here, or does Wren not listen to them?

RJB in DC

December 5th, 2012
11:14 pm

Maybe “Doc” Holliday can provide insight as the true ability of Fowler away from the friendly confines of Coors Field…

BravoBraves

December 5th, 2012
11:35 pm

Wish the Braves’ scouts had been more accurate last winter in their judgment of Cuba’s Cespedes. For half the cost of BJ Upton we could have gotten what, maybe twice the player?

Chop Chop

December 6th, 2012
1:07 am

I’m sure Wren listens to his younger brother and blames him for any poor free agent signings.

Braves' Nation

December 6th, 2012
8:37 am

Back in the 1990s the Braves’ scouting system rivaled that of Toronto & the Dodgers . Once Turner sold the team scouting got placed on the backburner and the results have shown. What top prospects we do have are generally overrated. They emphasize pitching and not position players.

Go Yikkity

December 6th, 2012
9:35 am

Seriously?!?!?! Let’s take a look at the players at Turner Field and around the league that our scouts have found. Heyward, Freeman, Kimbrel, Simmons, Venters, O’Flatertry, Prado, McCann, Minor, Beachy, Medlen. That’s a good haul from our scouts, not to mention the players around the league that came from our system, like Andrus, Harrison, Wainwright, Feliz, etc. The glass is three quarters full, not one quarter empty people.

Ryan

December 6th, 2012
9:58 am

Yes, I’ll take one of those scouting positions, please.

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Lost Cause

December 6th, 2012
12:00 pm

Go Yikkity … I agree!

a fan

December 6th, 2012
12:31 pm

MikeY

December 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

Just saw that we signed Blake DeWitt to a minor league deal. This is the bottom of the bottom of the barrel.

diving duck

December 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

assistant to the general manager

smitty

December 7th, 2012
1:30 am

apparently braves nation also forgot about 2006’s baby braves when we fielded half a starting lineup with rooks

nerdville

December 7th, 2012
10:13 pm

now how about beefing up the offense?

74bravesjersey

December 8th, 2012
1:17 pm

There’s nobody that’s a good fit w/ our Bravos, the asking price too much. So we take care inhouse. Used the rest of the budget, took care resigning our GM, now we took care resigning our beloved mgr. Couldn’t have better deals. Franks gonna suit up put himself in LF, he’s played it while he was in the expo’s system, not too terribly unfamiliar. Look up Frank’s minor league stats, very reliable. Fredi will cover backup catching duties, he did for years in the minors (player/mgr.), so they’ve covered those positions. Yeah!

done

December 8th, 2012
5:54 pm

Hire Costanza as assistant to the traveling secretary

74bravesjersey

December 8th, 2012
7:26 pm

Hope Frank can get his speed back to help Upton cover some ground out there, & Fredi will be able to Layout for those pitches in the dirt like he use to. Wonder if he can still chunk ‘em to 2nd on his knees like he use to. Ala Tony Pena or Benito santiago use to throw out runners while laying on the ground. I think Fredi’s still got it in ‘em. It would save a lot of money when he & wren will fill the needs themselves. Frank might still have his cannon working out there to hit the cut off man. Now we’re good, Nobody will do it like the ‘F & F’ boy’s.

Humbug

December 9th, 2012
11:14 am

The Braves don’t have the money to pay for players but seems they have
the money to hire new administration and scouts, along with all the travel
expenses involved with their jobs.

ohbadoedoedoe

December 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

I like it when you can snag good people from successful clubs. You have the possibility of snapping up the person who is really doing the work out from under that team. Doesn’t mean others are not good choices but give me a well thought of underling from a winner if possible.

Sounds like these two have been around a while.

DOB, were Holliday and Sloan hired away from their teams or were they let go and made available?

steve

December 9th, 2012
5:35 pm

The scouts over the last 15 years have done a great job, problem is we gave away a lot of good prospects for Drew and Tex and it really bit us in the as- in the long haul, how many SS drafted by the Braves are playing on other clubs? How many good young pitchers are pitching for other teams ?
The scouts are not the problem, we have money issues and if we do not get owners that are willing to spend 120 million a year on players then we will contnue to be able to compete for championships, the Dodgers have turned into the Yankees with the amount they are spending and I do not expect us to spend like that but 120 million is not asking too much in order to compete.

gotigers72

December 10th, 2012
8:03 am

Glad to see nepotism is alive and well in Brave Nation.

74bravesjersey

December 15th, 2012
6:31 pm

Moneyball! Moneyball! in the ATL. Study the Giants, get there formula.

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