D-backs' amateur scouts meet during AFL

D-backs' amateur scouts meet during AFL

PHOENIX -- The D-backs recently got their amateur scouts together for a series of meetings wrapped around watching Arizona Fall League games as they look ahead to the upcoming high school and collegiate seasons.

"This is the time that we make changes to scouting reports, roles that we're going to assign, maybe how we want to scout the spring, if there's anything that we want to focus on, review last year's Draft, those types of things," D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said.

It's a process that Hazen went through when he was with the Red Sox organization.

The initial plan was to have the amateur scouts meet around instructional league games. However, the D-backs qualified for the postseason and that pushed the schedule back, making the instructional league impractical, so they decided to convene during Arizona Fall League games.

The meetings serve not just to discuss scouting changes, but also as a way for scouts to share information.

"It's scout development for the younger guys," Hazen said. "Because these guys are spread out throughout the country, it gets our younger scouts with our veteran scouts to learn a little bit from each other."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.