Director - Professional Scouting
Gene Watson is in his 13th full season with the Royals' organization and second as the Senior Director-Pro Scouting/Assistant to the General Manager, being promoted on Jan. 29, 2018. He was named a Major League scout for the Royals on Aug. 16, 2006, before being promoted to Coordinator of Pro Scouting on Oct. 31, 2008 and to the Director-Pro Scouting in 2012. Watson oversees the Royals' Pro Scouting staff.
Watson was honored by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation in January 2018, receiving the Legends in Scouting Award. The award is presented annually to a pro scout who exemplifies a love for the game and a passion for scouting.
He came to the Royals from the Florida Marlins' organization, where he was a professional scout covering the AL and NL Central Divisions, as well as the Double-A Texas League for four years, including the Marlins' 2003 World Series season. He worked with the San Diego Padres beginning in 1997 and then joined the Atlanta Braves in 2000, working under current Royals' GM Dayton Moore covering a number of minor leagues, as well as evaluating the top amateur players. He has more than 20 years of experience covering Major League Spring Training, minor league scouting, and has scouted the Dominican, Venezuelan and Mexican winter leagues.
Watson has been a member of several USA Baseball selection committees, including for the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2009 World Baseball Classic, the 2009 Gold Medal-winning team at the IBAF World Cup and most recently, for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Watson partners with the University of Texas at Austin School of Education and Texas Athletics Career Services to support UT student-athletes' leadership and career development.
He played college baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1989-91 and joined the Texas Rangers stadium operations staff in 1989. A 1987 graduate of Temple High School in Temple, Texas, he resides in Georgetown, Texas.
He and his wife, Melanie, have two children: Tyler (25) and Macey (22). Tyler was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and is in the Chicago White Sox organization.