"Jason is an outstanding evaluator and an excellent leader," said Hoyer. "He built a top-notch scouting staff in Boston and the results of his draft picks have been a significant part of the Red Sox success. The Padres are very fortunate to bring him back to his hometown to oversee scouting and player development."
McLeod's first draft with the Red Sox produced 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and 2008 AL Most Valuable Player Dustin Pedroia. Baseball America ranked the Red Sox draft among the top five drafts in three of his first four years as Director of Amateur Scouting, including second-best in 2005 and first overall in 2006.
A native of San Diego, McLeod started his front office career as an intern in the Padres baseball operations department in 1994. He went on to hold multiple posts for the Padres through 2003, starting as an assistant in the baseball operations department and then coaching in the minor leagues for three years before returning to the front office as the Assistant Director of Scouting and Player Development. He then served as an area scout in Southern California from 2002-2003 before joining the Red Sox.
Born in Hawaii, McLeod grew up in San Diego and attended Rancho Buena Vista High School where he played alongside former Major Leaguer Dave Roberts. He attended Palomar Junior College before being drafted by the Houston Astros in the 44th-round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft. The right-hander pitched in the minors from 1991-92 before taking his first internship with the Padres. He is the great grand-nephew of Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell.