Cubs Name Dan Kantrovitz Their Scouting Director

Kantrovitz has most recently served as an assistant general manager for the A's.

Bruce Levine
November 13, 2019 - 11:39 am

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (670 The Score) -- The Cubs have named Dan Kantrovitz their new vice president of scouting, sources said. 

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Kantrovitz will oversee the Cubs' amateur scouting department and lead the organization in the amateur draft.

Kantrovitz has most recently served as an assistant general manager of the Athletics. Previously, he was the scouting director for the Cardinals from 2012-'14. While in St. Louis, he was credited with the draft picks of right-hander Jack Flaherty, right-hander Michael Wacha, right-hander Luke Weaver and catcher Carson Kelly.

"To be able to hire somebody to run our drafts who's already held that position and already run successful drafts in the past, it's a unique opportunity," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. "Guys don't usually go back once they reach the assistant GM level. But in Dan's case, he has just discovered that his passion is running the draft.

"It really fits the exact profile we're looking for. He can scout -- he goes out and sees 200 players a year when he's running the draft -- and he can really relate very well to scouts and he's also got experience building advanced analytical models and combining both those worlds in a really effective manner. I think he fills a big void for us and look forward to working with him for years to come."

The addition of Kantrovitz completes the Cubs' major moves in restructuring their leadership that oversees their farm system. Kantrovitz replaces Jason McLeod, who previously oversaw the amateur scouting and player development departments. McLeod made what the team has termed a lateral move to become a senior vice president of player personnel.

Matt Dorey was previously named the Cubs' new senior director of player development.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.