Vice President, Amateur Scouting
Logan White begins his 12th season with the Dodgers and first as Vice President, Amateur Scouting. In this capacity, White's primary responsibilities are overseeing the organization's amateur scouting efforts, including the annual June First-Year Player Draft, along with assisting the GM in various capacities.
In 2010, Topps named the Dodgers as Organization of the Year. The prestigious award dates back to 1966 and highlights the Major League team that has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.
Prior to being promoted to Assistant GM in 2007, White served as the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Dodgers for five seasons. In that role, he headed up the draft selections or signings of 22 players, including three All-Stars, who have appeared in the Major Leagues for the Dodgers over the past four seasons - Tony Abreu, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Blake DeWitt, Scott Elbert, A.J. Ellis, Chin-lung Hu, Eric Hull, Kenley Jansen, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Andy LaRoche, Brent Leach, James Loney, Russell Martin, James McDonald, Russ Mitchell, Xavier Paul, Eric Stults, Ramon Troncoso, Cory Wade and Delwyn Young. Along with his staff of amateur scouts, White's history of success in the draft helped lead to the Dodgers being named Baseball America's 2006 Organization of the Year.
With White in charge of amateur scouting the Dodgers have been able to build a club that has a core of homegrown talent and has reached the NLCS twice in the past three seasons. The Dodgers' June 2004 First-Year Player draft was rated by Baseball America as the best draft in the National League and second best in baseball. Its 2003 draft was tabbed as the best in the Major Leagues by the publication and its 2002 Draft was rated as the fourth-best draft in baseball. The Dodgers were the only team to have their draft rated in the top five in each of those three seasons.
Right-handed pitcher Zach Lee, the club's first-round pick last season, was considered a Top 10 talent who had committed to LSU to play quarterback, but White and General Manager Ned Colletti convinced him to sign with the Dodgers and he quickly was tabbed as one of the organization's top prospects by Baseball America. Lee was the eighth pitcher taken with the Dodgers' first overall pick in the nine drafts under White since 2002, with the lone exception being Loney, another high school pitching phenom, who was drafted as a first baseman and has become a fixture on the big league club.
The strategy has paid dividends, as the team has graduated several draftees to the Major Leagues, including Billingsley, Broxton, Kershaw and Elbert while a plethora of pitching talent remains in the minor leagues, including Lee and fellow first-round draft choices Aaron Miller (2009), Ethan Martin (2008) and Chris Withrow (2007), among others.
The Dodgers' scouting success hasn't been limited to the first few rounds, either, as the team's 17th-round pick in 2002, Martin, emerged as a two-time All-Star catcher, while Kemp, a sixth-round selection, earned Gold Glove and Silver Slugger honors in 2009.
In addition to his work at the amateur level, White played a significant role in the signing of Takashi Saito, a non-roster invitee in 2006 who became one of the game's top closers, as well as the scouting and signing of right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who joined the Dodgers in 2008 following a successful professional career in Japan.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, White spent seven years with the Baltimore Orioles as the West Coast Supervisor with responsibilities including overseeing all area scouts from the Western part of the United States, as well as evaluating players in Canada and Australia.
White's scouting experience is extensive, as he served as the West Coast Supervisor for the San Diego Padres from 1993-95, an area scout with Baltimore from 1990-92 and an associate scout with the Seattle Mariners from 1988-89.
He was a minor league pitcher in the Seattle Mariners' organization from 1984-87 and was signed by Jeff Malinoff. Originally from Portales, NM, White graduated from Western New Mexico University with honors and was an Academic All-American in 1984. In 1996, he was inducted into the Western New Mexico University Hall of Fame.
White, his wife Deena and son, Logan, Jr., reside in Phoenix, AZ.
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