The Brewers are not planning to renew the contract of Fernando Arango, who has been one of the team's top scouts in Latin America since 2003, according to a team source.
Arango joined the Brewers as an area scout in northern Florida in January 2003, then took over as the team's Latin American coordinator in November 2003. He served in that role until this past year, when the Brewers shifted his title to director of scouting for the Dominican Republic and put Manny Batista, a former Rangers scout, in charge of Venezuela. Batista is still with the Brewers, though the team has not made a decision yet on who will run its Latin American program.
The Brewers are looking for more production from their Latin American department. Over the last nine years, the organization has worked with a low-to-mid range budget in the international market, where their efforts have been almost exclusively focused in Latin America. The team also did not operate an academy to field a team in the Dominican Summer League until 2009, which meant they had to send all of their Latin American signings to the Rookie-level Arizona League to make their debuts.
Milwaukee's No. 1 prospect entering the season, righthander Wily Peralta, was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 for $450,000, but he has struggled this year in Triple-A Nashville, particularly in the first half of the season. Righthander Santo Manzanillo, another power arm signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005, has also had Tommy John surgery and had his career set back by injuries. Venezuelan shortstop Orlando Arcia, one of the top 20 prospects in the Dominican Summer League in 2011, hasn't played this year after breaking his right ankle on a slide during extended spring training. Amaurys Rivas, another Dominican righthander signed in 2005, is the only other international player who entered the season as one of Milwaukee's Top 30 prospects. Rivas also has had Tommy John surgery and is struggling in Triple-A.
Arango, whose contract ends at the end of the major league season, is a former Yankees and Devil Rays scout who famously walked away from his job as an area scout with Tampa Bay after the team refused to draft Albert Pujols.
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