Rangers announce new appointments in scouting department

The club has announced the following transactions for the amateur, professional, and international scouting staffs.

November 14th, 2017

The club has announced the following transactions for the amateur, professional, and international scouting staffs:





Crook has served four years as an area scout covering Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Texas after five seasons in the Baseball Operations department as Manager of Amateur Scouting. He will be in his 15th year in the organization. Simpson takes over Crook's former territory after two seasons as the Four Corners area scout. He was the head coach at New Mexico Junior College from 2007-14 before joining the Rangers.


Webb has spent six seasons in the organization as a video coordinator (2012-14) and advance scout (2015-17). Espinal will be in his ninth season with the Rangers, having already contributed to several signings of eventual big league players as a scout in the Dominican Republic. Gomez has been a scout in Venezuela for four years after a six-year playing career in the Rangers farm system. Watabe will be in his 11th season with the Rangers, having previously served as an international scout. He was with the major league club as a translator in both 2008 and 2011.


Lacey was the head baseball coach for the past 17 seasons at Everett (WA) Community College, a stint in which 10 of his players were selected in the MLB June draft, including current Rangers reliever Keone Kela. Smith has been a part of the Boston Red Sox amateur scouting department for the last eight seasons, covering Northern (2010-14) and Southern (2015-17) California. Smith played 17 seasons of professional baseball from 1990-2008.


Hendricks spent the last six seasons as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, including the role of International Crosschecker in 2017. He joined the Cleveland scouting staff in 2011 after playing seven professional seasons. De La Mota worked for the Washington Nationals for nine seasons, most recently as the club's Latin America Crosschecker. He joined the Nationals in 2007 as an area scout and served as the organization's scouting coordinator in the Dominican Republic from 2009-15, with additional responsibilities in Venezuela, Panama, Curacao, and Columbia over that span.