According to a Baseball Prospectus piece written by the man himself, the Chicago Cubs have hired Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks to work in a scouting role with the organization.
"Seven-plus years, several hundred articles, and several hundred thousand miles of travel later, I have finally arrived at the professional destination I started traveling toward on that backfield morning, and I am proud to announce that I have been offered and have accepted a scouting position with the Chicago Cubs. Needless to say I’m both humbled and honored to join such a storied franchise, a team rich with tradition and sorrow, one on a special trajectory with special hands now steering the ship."
Parks will be scouting at the amateur, professional and international level for Chicago, adding yet another talented baseball mind to the mix. This move is reminiscent of the Houston Astros picking up Kevin Goldstein in recent years, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Parks climb the ladder in the coming years as the Cubs continue to build from within while also beginning to contend at the big league level.
The mastermind behind Baseball Prospectus’ annual Top Prospects book, Parks served as the chief minor league writer for BP, earning the respect of many baseball fans along the way – especially those who extensively follow Minor League Baseball.
As for the Cubs, bringing Parks into the mix can only help matters. The scouting and signing of players has drastically improved in recent years and under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s long-term vision for the organization, adding minds like Parks will shine light on the best talent the game has to offer.