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Greg Smith, Director of Scouting
In 2008 Smith spearheaded the club's First-Year Player Draft efforts and selected Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez - who was rated by Baseball America as the "No. 1 prospect" in the draft - with the second pick overall. The Pirates signed 32 of their 50 picks from the 2008 draft and selected 33 players from the college ranks. Smith and his scouting staff followed up with another strong draft in 2009, signing each of the first 14 selections and 23 overall. College catcher Tony Sanchez, the club's first-round pick and fourth in the country, went on to hit .309 while playing at three different levels in his first professional season.
In addition to his duties as the Director of Scouting, Greg provides recommendations to General Manager Neal Huntington regarding personnel, strategic planning and decision making for the Baseball Operations department.
Smith is an 18-year scouting veteran, having spent 11 seasons with the Detroit organization, working the last three years (2005-07) as the club's special assignment scout.
Prior to 2005, Greg spent eight seasons (1997-2004) as Detroit's Director of Scouting where he oversaw the First-Year Player Draft and international scouting. He also simultaneously served as the Club's Director of Player Development from 2000-2002. Before joining the Tigers organization, Smith spent seven years (1990-96) as an area scout with the San Diego Padres, covering areas from Florida to Maryland.
Under Smith's guidance, the Tigers selected 2006 American League Rookie of the Year Justin Verlander with the second overall pick in the 2004 draft. Smith and his staff were rated by Baseball America as having the strongest draft of all 30 Major League clubs in 2002, a year in which the club selected outfielder Curtis Granderson in the third round and right-handed pitcher Joel Zumaya in the 11th round. Additionally, Greg was directly responsible for the signing of Jair Jurrjens as a non-drafted free agent out of Curacao. During Smith's tenure as Director of Scouting, the Tigers signed and developed over 40 players who reached the Major League level.
Smith spent seven years (1990-1996) as an area scout with the San Diego Padres before joining the Detroit organization. An outfielder/first baseman during his playing days, he signed with the Padres as a free agent on 6/7/88 and played three seasons in the minor leagues with Spokane (1988), Charleston, SC (1989) and Riverside (1990), a club managed by Bruce Bochy.
PERSONAL: Greg was born on 2/2/66 in Chattanooga, TN. He received his bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1998 from Vanderbilt University, where he also played baseball and led the SEC in hitting in 1987. Smith resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Martha.
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