By Will Kimmey
August 26, 2004
The Royals hired former Angels scouting director Donny Rowland as their senior director of player personnel.
Rowland will oversee the scouting and player development departments for Kansas City, taking a hands-on role in integrating the same organizational philosophy in the draft, international scouting and farm system. Rowland will also handle special assignment scouting for the Royals.
Scouting director Deric Ladnier and farm director Shaun McGinn will continue in their roles, with direction from Rowland. His presence will free Baird to do more scouting on his own.
“I’m very pleased and happy with Deric Ladnier as well as Shaun McGinn,” Baird said. “This is just an opportunity to add a talented evaluator to the organization We have very similar philosophies and beliefs.”
Rowland, who had been the Yankees’ national crosschecker for four years, became the Angels’ scouting director in 1999 and helped revitalize a farm system that rated 30th in Baseball America’s talent rankings heading into that season. His tenure produced elite prospects such as Casey Kotchman, Jeff Mathis and Dallas McPherson–all in the 2001 draft–as well as Latin American prospects such as righthander Ervin Santana and shortstops Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo to help the organization crack the top five in the talent rankings compiled before the 2004 season.
“His track record speaks for itself,” Baird said.
Rowland, who spent 11 years with the Tigers, has spent the last year as a player agent with Jet Sports Management.