D-backs tweak draft prep

The D-backs scouts and front office officials went behind closed doors Tuesday at Chase Field to begin discussing the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and they will meet every day between now and next Tuesday.

We’ll have our D-backs’ draft preview tomorrow, but one thing that I did not get to fully get into in the piece was how the process has changed from previous years.

This year, the D-backs have had their pro scouts look at amateurs and vice versa as a way of getting a number of different looks at players by people with different perspectives. That also means that vice president of player personnel Jerry Dipoto has been more involved in the process this year.

It’s kind of a back-to-the-future way of doing things as most scouting departments were not as specialized a decade ago. Nowadays teams have pro scouts, amateur scouts and international scouts and they don’t often crossover.

“I think we kind of wanted to go back to that,” D-backs GM Josh Byrnes said. “Sort of crisscross their assignments, which is different than how teams have done it in recent years. We kind of liked having different sort of sightlines over the course of the spring.”

In addition to providing the organization more looks at the amateur players, it gives the amateur scouts a reminder of what big league players look like for when they evaluate high school and college players.

The concept seems to make a lot of sense and it will be interesting to see how it works out.

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