Rays Announce Change at Scouting Director
On Saturday, the Rays announced various front office changes. The most notable will see scouting director R.J. Harrison abandon the role in July for a senior advisor position, just weeks after presiding over his 10th draft, the most in franchise history. The Rays named Rob Metzler as Harrison’s successor.
Harrison’s drafts had become in recent years a point of contention, with many pointing to the barren 2008 and 2009 classes as evidence the Rays were poor drafters. Yet under Harrison the Rays had a number of quality drafts, too. Harrison’s 2006 and 2007 classes yielded Evan Longoria and David Price—the best overall player and pitcher in franchise history—as well as Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Desmond Jennings. His next two classes produced little, but his 2010 has helped atone for those failures. Additionally, Harrison’s efforts in 2011 and 2012 look promising thanks to Taylor Guerrieri, Blake Snell, Mikie Mahtook, Jacob Faria, Grayson Garvin, and Richie Shaffer, among others.
Though the jury remains out on Harrison’s last three classes, his overall body of work merits calling his tenure a success.
We congratulate Harrison on his new role and wish him well.