Brewers begin search for director of scouting

GM Melvin says club will look at candidates inside and outside the organization

Brewers begin search for director of scouting

CINCINNATI -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is beginning to gather a list of candidates to replace the team's late amateur scouting director, Bruce Seid, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month.

The most experienced internal candidates are national crosschecker Joe Ferrone, national pitching crosschecker Jim Rooney and regional crosscheckers Doug Reynolds and Corey Rodriguez, but Melvin said he would also consider outside candidates this time. Seid was the Brewers' West Coast crosschecker when he was promoted to the top job for 2009, after the Mariners hired Jack Zduriencik to be their GM.

Melvin plans to conduct more formal interviews during a well-attended showcase in Jupiter, Fla., during the third week of October.

"I've talked to a number of our guys, but we're open to somebody outside, too," Melvin said. "The one thing I've talked about is I've always liked my scouting director in Milwaukee, in the office. A lot of teams don't have them there. … I've always liked them in-house because of the interaction you have."

Seid and his wife moved from California to take the job. So when left fielder Khris Davis was struggling early this year in his first full season in the Majors, Seid was there to offer his input. The Brewers stuck with Davis, and he entered Tuesday tied for the team lead in home runs and tied for third in RBIs.

Of the Brewers' crosscheckers, arguably the most experienced is Ferrone, 47, who is finishing his fourth season in the organization. He previously served as a special assistant to the GM and scout for the Pirates, and has also served as a regional crosschecker for the Tigers and Dodgers, and as an area scout for the Dodgers and Expos. He also has coaching experience with a Dodgers' Class A affiliate. Ferrone currently resides in Michigan.

Reynolds (22 seasons) and Rodriguez (21 seasons) have the longest tenure of those candidates. Rooney, 53, has been with the Brewers for the last 11 seasons. All three have spent the past six years in crosschecker roles, coordinating with the Brewers' area scouts.

Melvin has been with the team throughout its final road trip and spent Monday and Tuesday in meetings with manager Ron Roenicke and other members of the front office for an annual evaluation of the team. The men have discussed the myriad of issues that have led the Brewers to fall from first place in the National League Central.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.