Over the years, the professional and international scouting departments have become more important than ever.
The Cleveland Indians have taken note and signed players like Danny Salazar in 2006 and Jose Ramirez in 2009, both international prospects out of the Dominican Republic and integral parts of a World Series caliber roster.
Both departments were addressed with a trio of promotions on Friday morning.
All having at least three seasons of experience with the organization, the Tribe promoted Dave Miller to special assignment scout, Chris Gale earned a new title as international crosschecker and Trey Hendricks was boosted to international crosschecker as well.
Miller is the longest tenured member of the bunch with 25 years of service time with the Indians. A former first round pick in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft, he has served as a minor league pitching coach, pitching coordinator, amateur area scout and major league bullpen coach. The role of the special assignment scout is to produce written evaluations of players across professional baseball.
Now in his fourth season with Cleveland, Gale has advanced from his role as a professional scout for both major and minor league players. His new position entails crosschecking amateur players from Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Similar to Miller, Gale will also continue to provide evaluations of professional players. The University of Virginia standout was selected in the 30th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.
Rounding out the series of promotions is Hendricks, a graduate of Harvard University who has been a professional scout over the past five campaigns with the Tribe. After playing professionally for seven years, Hendricks will take on a new role alongside Gale in 2017 by crosschecking amateur players in Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Gale has earned a law degree from the University of Miami and will continue to provide coverage of professional players.