Hall of Fame scout Stewart lauds Moore

With Royals since '69, he says GM boosted scouting, player development

Hall of Fame scout Stewart lauds Moore

KANSAS CITY -- Legendary Royals Hall of Fame scout Art Stewart remembers the rough times.

"I think we might have had three pro scouts before [general manger] Dayton [Moore] arrived," Stewart said by phone. "It was tough to compete. We just didn't have the numbers. And then the first thing Dayton did was to increase our pro scout presence and our international scout presence.

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"And hey, you've seen the difference. Look at the guys we signed in the offseason. Look at the guys we signed internationally."

Stewart, 88, began scouting for the Yankees in 1953 and then became a Royals scout in '69. He witnessed the rise of the expansion Royals to a powerhouse in the '70s and '80s. And he has witnessed the rebirth in 2014 and '15, capped by two straight American League pennants, and now, a World Series championship this season.

"With Dayton, it all started with scouting and player development," Stewart said. "That's the direction we had to go and he made sure we had the resources we needed. It's amazing what he has done.

"You think about this year's team. Where would we be without Chris Young or Edinson Volquez or Kendrys Morales or Ryan Madson or Kris Medlen? And the list goes on. But let me tell you in terms of international scouting, this team doesn't win this without [Salvador] Perez or Yordano Ventura.

"It's a special group, and it all came together because of Dayton's vision."

Stewart emphasized how Moore wants his people to evaluate character as much as talent.

"'The character or personality issue is so important to Dayton," Stewart said. "That's why we have the clubhouse we have and the closeness we have among the players. Not all GMs pay attention to that, but Dayton does. And you see how it translates on the field."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.