Royals' Arbuckle voted Midwest Scout of Year

Royals' Arbuckle voted Midwest Scout of Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Longtime scout and Royals senior advisor to the general manager Mike Arbuckle was honored at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday as the Midwest Scout of the Year, presented by the Scout of the Year Program as voted upon by his peers.

Arbuckle joined the Royals in 2008 after stints as the assistant general manager/scouting and player development of the Phillies, and as the regional scouting director of the Braves.

"It's an incredible accomplishment," said Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who received the Esurance MLB Award for Best Executive here on Tuesday. "We're so fortunate with guys like Art Stewart, Donnie Williams and now Mike Arbuckle -- it's the highest honor a scout can receive obviously because it's recognized by his peers.

"The thing about Mike Arbuckle is that he's been part of some organizations that built from the ground up. He started with the Braves and was instrumental in their success. The Phillies recognized that success and hired him as scouting director, and they won a World [Series] championship there.

"The players he found with the Braves were a part of a championship team. Then, he comes here at a point in time we felt that we were building. He did an incredible job helping us finish this thing off. His wisdom and intelligence as a baseball man is vital for the success of this organization."

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.