Laumann Re-Installed As Sox' Top Scout

The White Sox have hired Doug Laumann to replace Duane Shaffer as their amateur scouting director. General manager Kenny Williams' decision ends a 35-year affiliation between Shaffer and the White Sox.

Laumann was the White Sox' scouting director from Nov. 2000 through 2003 before giving way to Shaffer, serving as a pro scout since then. Laumann was in charge when the White Sox drafted several big league outfielders, such as Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney (2003),  Jeremy Reed (2002) and Chris Young (16th round, 2001).

The White Sox' 2002 draft was especially productive, turning out seven big leaguers--Reed, first-rounder Royce Ring, Josh Rupe (three), Sean Tracey (eight), Brandon McCarthy (17) and draft-and-follows Boone Logan (20) and Jay Marshall (25).

Shaffer, at the helm when the White Sox drafted such stalwarts as Jack McDowell (1987), Joe Crede (1996) and Mark Buehrle (1998), had been with the organization for all but two seasons since 1969, when the Sox drafted him in the 11th round of the June '69 draft. He was scouting director from 1991-2000 and again was in charge for the last four Sox' drafts.

"This is an overall assessment in our player development and our scouting areas and at the major league level," Williams said Friday, "that we are looking at ourselves in the mirror and making the necessary adjustments we feel are appropriate to continue to get better."