Scouting your opponent is important. Any little tidbit of information can be helpful, whether it’s a certain pitch guys go to in certain situations, or maybe a hole in someone’s swing. They also help gather information on potential trade targets during the season. The New York Yankees added five scouts today in Kendall Carter, Brandon Duckworth, Joe Espada, Dan Giese and Dennis Twombley.
The name that may pop out the most is that of Duckworth, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals. He also pitched for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Yes, he was a teammate of Masahiro Tanaka and was a part of the team that won the NPB title.
Giese actually pitched for the Yankees back in 2008, going 1-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 17 games. Carter was already in the Yankees organization as a national cross-checker the past seven seasons and is now promoted to scout.
Espada was in the Marlins organization for the last eight years, including serving as the third base coach last season. Twombley was an amateur scout for the Yankees the past six years and was a draft pick of the Yankees back in 1996.