Bell Gets Added Responsibilities

Assistant GM dives into amateur side





CHICAGO—One of Buddy Bell's duties as the White Sox's new assistant general manager is doing something he never envisioned when he embarked on his career in the front office.

"If you would have asked me 20 years ago if I would have enjoyed amateur scouting, we would have went to something different real quick," Bell said. "I really, really like doing that, along with player development. It's a passion of mine.

"That will still take a lot of my time, which I like. I like being busy, and this particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things."

Bell's promotion from vice president of player development and special assignments fortifies the Sox's evaluation efforts. Ken Williams, who was promoted after 12 seasons from general manager to executive vice president, plans to scout amateur and international players as part of his new duties. The Sox also promoted crosschecker Nick Hostetler to assistant scouting director under Doug Laumann.

Bell, 61, emphasized he has no interest in becoming a GM or returning to managing, a role he served with the Tigers, Rockies and Royals. But with his promotion, his duties will become more diverse. For starters, he will make more trips with the major league club. He made only one, at the start of the season, in 2012. But these plans should have no influence on manager Robin Ventura, whom he praised emphatically.

Bell will still be involved with player development, but he branched out to scouting roles last season, from evaluating a top college tournament in Tampa in February to scouting Baltimore in late September when the Sox were contending for a playoff berth. He believes the Sox are headed in the right direction, regardless of the farm system's low standing in Baseball America's minor league talent rankings.

CHI-LITES

• J.J. Lally, the assistant director of player development and scouting, will become an amateur scout in the San Diego area and Northwest. Crosschecker Mike Shirley will take over Hostetler's scouting duties on the East Coast. New England scout Ryan Dorsey will handle Shirley's former duties.

• During organizational meetings, the scouting department showed executives video of the top 20 players for the 2013 amateur draft. The Sox currently hold the 18th overall pick.