The Brewers have hired veteran scout Joe Ferrone to serve as national crosschecker, one of a number of amateur scouting additions announced Thursday.
Ferrone has scouted for the Expos, Dodgers, Tigers and Pirates and was responsible for signing players like Ted Lilly and Shane Victorino. He’ll work alongside Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid and replaces Seid’s former assistant, Ray Montgomery, who took the top amateur scouting job with the D-backs.
“I’ve known Joe since my first year of scouting in ’93, and that was his first year of scouting, so we kind of grew up together,” Seid said. “He’s been a good scout, a good people person, a good evaluator.”
Ferrone graduated from UC-Santa Barbara in 1989 and was an infielder on the baseball team for four years (1986-89). He also played professionally for Perugia in the Italian Baseball Federation in 1990 before attending graduate school for sports management at Ohio University in 1992. He lives in Michigan.
In other scouting-related news:
— The Brewers named Jim Rooney their national pitching crosschecker. Rooney has filled a number of roles in Milwaukee’s farm system including roving pitching coordinator.
— Jay Lapp was promoted to supervisor of the Brewers’ scouting efforts in Canada. Lapp is the scout who recommended Brewers closer John Axford.
— The team hired three new area scouts in the U.S.: Shawn Whalen (who will cover the Pacific Northwest), Brendan Hause (Southwest) and former Brewers outfielder Drew Anderson (Midwest). Anderson’s territory will include Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and the Dakotas. He’s a Nebraska native who played nine big league games for the Brewers in 2006 and spent this last season between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.
— The Brewers also added three area scouts in Latin American countries: Pedro Hernandez and Juan Martinez in the Dominican Republic and Reinaldo Hidalgo in Venezuela.
— Closer to home, Amanda Kropp was promoted to Manager, Administration — Amateur Scouting. Kropp is in her ninth year in Milwaukee’s front office.