So this is interesting and unexpected...
The Cubs have hired San Diego Padres Scouting Director Jaron Madison, who has worked closely with both Jason McLeod and Jed Hoyer. Madison has gotten a lot of credit for the Padres revamped farm system, which is now among the best in the game.
No word on what this means for current Cubs Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Wilken, who is said to have the respect of the Cubs new front office as well as owner Tom Ricketts.
UPDATE 6:00 PM: Bruce Miles tweeted that he would ask about Wilken, then tweeted back a few minutes later saying, "He's staying. They like him."
Now, if that is the case, then I really, really like this move. You can never have enough top quality talent evaluators and its seems that if the new CBA is going to limit how much you can spend on players, the Cubs are going to use some of that money so they can out-scout other teams. The more eyes they have out there, the more likely they are to find hidden talent.
UPDATE #2 6:17 PM: David Kaplan tweets that Tim Wilken has been reassigned as a special assistant to Theo Epstein and that Madison will be the new Director of Amateur Scouting. Looks like the Cubs are assembling an all-star front office.
Here's a great interview with Madison on Scout.com that will tell you a lot about his philosophy.
More as we get more information.
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