Wednesday, March 24, 2010

John Stockstill, David Stockstill to Switch Jobs

Saw this from Ken Rosenthal this morning:

The Orioles, shaking up their front office as Opening Day nears, are replacing farm director David Stockstill, according to major-league sources.

Stockstill will move into another position, sources said. His brother, John, the team’s director of international scouting, will take over some of David's duties...

The Orioles will portray the change in a positive light, one source said, but club officials had grown increasingly frustrated with David Stockstill’s approach to player development.

Andy MacPhail, the Orioles’ president of baseball operations, inherited David Stockstill when he took over on June 20, 2007. John Stockstill had worked for MacPhail with the Chicago Cubs.

Roch Kubatko then had this:

David is expected to switch roles with his brother, John, the director of international scouting... 

John has been hanging around the minor league side of the Sarasota complex, so I guess that was the first clue that something was in the works.

Why was this done? Poor player development if you believe Rosenthal but MacPhail has expressly denied this. We may not know for awhile, if ever.

Former Oriole beat writer Jorge Arangure tweeted this which might be the most important development of all::

#Orioles reassignment of J Stockstill is another clear sign of MacPhail's autonomy. Stockstill is very close with Angelos  

Stockstill move is something that won't make major headlines but is an important indication of who is calling the shots for them.

And maybe that's all that matters right now.

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