Tom Allison Out as Diamondbacks Scouting Director

When the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto would remain with the team it signaled just the beginning of changes to the front office.

New General Manager Kevin Towers has begun evaluating the baseball operations staff to determine what changes need to be made to make the organization work more effectively and provide him with the information necessary to put a winning team together.

Dipoto was promoted to Senior Vice President and given responsibilities on scouting and player development. The Diamondbacks currently have directors for both scouting and development so the natural question was how this would change.

The first part of that answer came today when the Diamondbacks announced that Director of Scouting Tom Allison had been relieved of duties and offered another job within the organization.

Allison has been responsible for scouting and the draft for the past four years in Arizona. During his tenure as director, Allison’s draft picks have come under some scrutiny. Early drafts were questioned as to their effectiveness.

Some of that criticism has lessened with the emergence of Jarrod Parker the Diamondbacks number one pick in 2007 and reliever Daniel Schlereth in 2008. Schlereth was a critical piece of the trade that brought Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks last winter.

The 2009 draft was widely applauded as the Diamondbacks began to restock the depleted farm system. This year Allison was again questioned when the Diamondbacks drafted right-handed pitcher Barret Loux.

Loux would later fail his physical when the team identified both shoulder and elbow problems. The team did not sign Loux basically wasting the first round pick.

The team did not announce what position Allison was offered and they are not expected to receive an answer from him until next week at the earliest.

Dipoto will begin developing a list of potential candidates to fill the now vacant Director of Scouting position. The candidates will interview with both Dipoto and Towers.

This will be a critical hiring for the Diamondbacks. One of the primary shortcomings on Towers resume is his draft success. It will therefore be key to hire an individual who can mitigate this weakness and work closely to draft the appropriate players that meet the organization’s needs.

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