The Yankees have increased the reach of their old-school scouting staff as well as high-tech statistical analysis over the last several seasons, and those advances have helped procure talent late in the Hot Stove game. They’re not afraid of chasing older players, some with injury histories, because they can represent good value.
“I think we’ve improved our pro scouting network, and I think we’ve improved our evaluation of statistical data streams,” Cashman said. “It puts us in a position to make informed decisions and much more comfortable knowing what is really available, and what you can expect from those players if you sign them and what you’d be comfortable paying them.”
I’m encouraged to read that the Yankees are putting more focus on scouting and statistical analysis at the major league level. The days of signing Tony Womack, Jaret Wright and Chan Ho Park appear to be a thing of the past.
Hopefully they’ll also work on improving their amateur scouting and their player development.