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Our team of Major League Baseball scouts and guest speakers have signed dozens of players, including several Hall-of-Famers and All-Stars. This group also includes those who developed the annual private scout school for Major League Baseball, which has been discontinued.

Click over the names below (presented in alphabetical order) to see their bios.

 
 
Bill Bavasi is a senior director with Major League Baseball’s Baseball & Softball Development department. Prior to joining MLB’s Office of the Commissioner, Bill was senior vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Cincinnati Reds.  Bill formerly served as executive vice president and general manager of both the Seattle Mariners and then California then Anaheim Angels, where he spent 20 years, first as farm director and then as general manager.  Bill also served as director of player development of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He began his baseball management career in 1974 with the San Diego Padres.  Bill has been co-chair of the U.S. Baseball Olympic Steering Committee and a member of a variety of influential Major League Baseball industry committees.  Bill works with Major League Baseball officials at all levels of team and league operations. He has long-standing associations with officials in the major domestic professional, amateur and collegiate sports; and with major industry vendors and suppliers.  As well, Bill works closely with administrators and officials in the often-complex environment of international sports. Bill provides an experienced perspective and a unique understanding of the business of baseball at all operational levels.

Bill Bavasi is a senior director with Major League Baseball’s Baseball & Softball Development department. Prior to joining MLB’s Office of the Commissioner, Bill was senior vice president of scouting, player development and international operations for the Cincinnati Reds.

Bill formerly served as executive vice president and general manager of both the Seattle Mariners and then California then Anaheim Angels, where he spent 20 years, first as farm director and then as general manager.

Bill also served as director of player development of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He began his baseball management career in 1974 with the San Diego Padres.

Bill has been co-chair of the U.S. Baseball Olympic Steering Committee and a member of a variety of influential Major League Baseball industry committees.

Bill works with Major League Baseball officials at all levels of team and league operations. He has long-standing associations with officials in the major domestic professional, amateur and collegiate sports; and with major industry vendors and suppliers.

As well, Bill works closely with administrators and officials in the often-complex environment of international sports. Bill provides an experienced perspective and a unique understanding of the business of baseball at all operational levels.

Tom Burns was a successful head baseball coach at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa. from 1988 through 1994. During his tenure at Bishop McDevitt, Tom compiled an impressive overall record of 96 wins and 44 loses.    Tom recently rejoined the Toronto Blue Jays scouting department. Previously, he scouted for the Anaheim Angels (1995-2003), Toronto Blue Jays (2003-2013), San Diego Padres (2013-2015), Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (2015-2018), and the Philadelphia Phillies (2018).    Among the numerous professional players Tom Burns has scouted and signed are Major leaguers Scott Schoenweis (Anaheim Angels 1996), Mike Colangelo (Anaheim Angels 1997), and Brett Cecil (Toronto Blue Jays 2007).    Tom was named the Anaheim Angels Scout of the Year in 2000,Scout of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association in 2003, the Toronto Blue Jays Scout of the Year in 2006 and was named scout of the year in 2012 by New York Hot Stove League.    Tom is the current president of the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association. His lifetime dedication to the game of baseball and profession of scouting earned him one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a scout in 2009 when he was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.    Tom was inducted into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Tom Burns was a successful head baseball coach at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa. from 1988 through 1994. During his tenure at Bishop McDevitt, Tom compiled an impressive overall record of 96 wins and 44 loses.

Tom recently rejoined the Toronto Blue Jays scouting department. Previously, he scouted for the Anaheim Angels (1995-2003), Toronto Blue Jays (2003-2013), San Diego Padres (2013-2015), Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau (2015-2018), and the Philadelphia Phillies (2018).

Among the numerous professional players Tom Burns has scouted and signed are Major leaguers Scott Schoenweis (Anaheim Angels 1996), Mike Colangelo (Anaheim Angels 1997), and Brett Cecil (Toronto Blue Jays 2007).

Tom was named the Anaheim Angels Scout of the Year in 2000,Scout of the Year by the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association in 2003, the Toronto Blue Jays Scout of the Year in 2006 and was named scout of the year in 2012 by New York Hot Stove League.

Tom is the current president of the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association. His lifetime dedication to the game of baseball and profession of scouting earned him one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed upon a scout in 2009 when he was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.

Tom was inducted into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Rodney was signed in 1982 by the Los Angeles Dodgers and began his professional career the following spring. Rodney played three seasons of professional baseball, all with the Dodgers.  Rodney retired as a player in 1986 and began scouting in 1993, working for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and the MLB Scouting Bureau. Rodney most recently was the Senior Manager of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Los Angeles. He also has experience on the field as a minor league coach with the Los Angeles Angels and an assistant coach at San Francisco State.  Rodney has three children, including son Khris, who is in his fifth season in the big leagues and second with the Oakland Athletics.  Started his coaching and scouting career in 1983-1990 for the San Francisco Giants, 1991 -2006 for California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels, 2006 retired to be a stay at home Dad with Special needs Daughter  2008 Started for Seattle Mariners , 2009-2014 for the Cleveland Indians.

Rodney was signed in 1982 by the Los Angeles Dodgers and began his professional career the following spring. Rodney played three seasons of professional baseball, all with the Dodgers.

Rodney retired as a player in 1986 and began scouting in 1993, working for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and the MLB Scouting Bureau. Rodney most recently was the Senior Manager of the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Los Angeles. He also has experience on the field as a minor league coach with the Los Angeles Angels and an assistant coach at San Francisco State.

Rodney has three children, including son Khris, who is in his fifth season in the big leagues and second with the Oakland Athletics.

Started his coaching and scouting career in 1983-1990 for the San Francisco Giants, 1991 -2006 for California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels, 2006 retired to be a stay at home Dad with Special needs Daughter

2008 Started for Seattle Mariners , 2009-2014 for the Cleveland Indians.

 
Bob Fontaine, Jr. is a Director in Major League Baseball’s Baseball & Softball Development department.  Bob began his career in baseball scouting for the San Diego Padres from 1973 to 1980. He was promoted in 1980 to Scouting Director, a position he held through 1981.  Bob was the Montreal Expos west coast scouting supervisor from 1982 through 1984. He joined the Chicago White Sox as a scouting supervisor for the 1985 season.  Bob joined the California Angels in 1986 and served as their scouting director through 1994. In 1995 Bob was promoted to the Director of Player Personnel & Scouting, a position he held through 1999.  In 2000 Bob was hired as the Director of Player Development for the Chicago White Sox.  Bob was hired in 2004 as the scouting director for the Seattle Mariners. In 2009 he joined the Toronto Blue Jays as professional coverage scout where he remained until joining the MLB Scouting Bureau as its scouting director in 2015.

Bob Fontaine, Jr. is a Director in Major League Baseball’s Baseball & Softball Development department.

Bob began his career in baseball scouting for the San Diego Padres from 1973 to 1980. He was promoted in 1980 to Scouting Director, a position he held through 1981.

Bob was the Montreal Expos west coast scouting supervisor from 1982 through 1984. He joined the Chicago White Sox as a scouting supervisor for the 1985 season.

Bob joined the California Angels in 1986 and served as their scouting director through 1994. In 1995 Bob was promoted to the Director of Player Personnel & Scouting, a position he held through 1999.

In 2000 Bob was hired as the Director of Player Development for the Chicago White Sox.

Bob was hired in 2004 as the scouting director for the Seattle Mariners. In 2009 he joined the Toronto Blue Jays as professional coverage scout where he remained until joining the MLB Scouting Bureau as its scouting director in 2015.

Gil was drafted in 1972 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40th round of Major League Baseball’s June Amateur Draft out of Granada Hills HS (Granada Hills, CA). He did not sign. The California Angels drafted Gil in the 1st round (12th overall pick) of the 1975 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase out of California State University Northridge (Los Angeles, CA). He signed with California.  Gil played nine years of professional baseball including part of one in the major leagues with California.  Gil retired as a player in 1983. Since then he has scouted for the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and Arizona Diamondbacks.  Gil’s father, Al Kubski, was a longtime minor league player then manager and later a prominent scout for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.

Gil was drafted in 1972 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 40th round of Major League Baseball’s June Amateur Draft out of Granada Hills HS (Granada Hills, CA). He did not sign. The California Angels drafted Gil in the 1st round (12th overall pick) of the 1975 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase out of California State University Northridge (Los Angeles, CA). He signed with California.

Gil played nine years of professional baseball including part of one in the major leagues with California.

Gil retired as a player in 1983. Since then he has scouted for the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gil’s father, Al Kubski, was a longtime minor league player then manager and later a prominent scout for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.

Jack was drafted out of William S. Hart High School (Santa Clarita, CA) by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round of the 1974 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and signed.  Jack played eight seasons of professional baseball finishing at 3A with the Milwaukee Brewer's in 1982.  Jack started his coaching and scouting career in 1983 for the San Francisco Giants where he remained through 1990. The Giants played in the 1989 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.  In 1991 Jack moved on to the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels. In 2002 the Angels appeared in and won the World Series against the Giants. In 2006 Jack stepped away from the game to seize the opportunity to spend more time with his special needs daughter.  In 2008 Jack joined the Seattle Mariners and then scouted for the Cleveland Indians from 2009 through 2014.

Jack was drafted out of William S. Hart High School (Santa Clarita, CA) by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round of the 1974 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and signed.

Jack played eight seasons of professional baseball finishing at 3A with the Milwaukee Brewer's in 1982.

Jack started his coaching and scouting career in 1983 for the San Francisco Giants where he remained through 1990. The Giants played in the 1989 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.

In 1991 Jack moved on to the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels. In 2002 the Angels appeared in and won the World Series against the Giants. In 2006 Jack stepped away from the game to seize the opportunity to spend more time with his special needs daughter.

In 2008 Jack joined the Seattle Mariners and then scouted for the Cleveland Indians from 2009 through 2014.