As hundreds of scouts across the country pour over thousands of Draft prospects and prepare for the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Leyland said their job is crucial for the success of Major League ballclubs.
"The amateur scout, to me, is the most important ingredient you got in your organization. He's the most important," Leyland said.
Amateur scouts study college and high school stars to see whether or not they will evolve into big league superstars.
"I'm my opinion, those guys that can look at a 17- or 18-year-old kid and can project what he's going to be, and have the courage to put their neck on the line for him, they're the backbone of the organization," Leyland said.
Leyland stressed that although draftees come from all different types of leagues with different talent levels, if they have what it takes to make it to the Majors, they will.
"I don't think it makes any difference," he said. "If you see the ability and the talent and the reflexes and all that stuff -- they'll catch up with the league and the competition if they're good."