You may best remember Jason Parks for his work at Baseball Prospectus, but he was better known in the last few years as a key scout and then special assistant in the Cubs’ front office.
And now he’s getting a promotion with the Diamondbacks:
Dbacks have hired Jason Parks as their director of pro scouting. He’d spent the past 3 1/2 years as a scout/special assistant with the Cubs.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) November 16, 2017
That’s a great move by the Diamondbacks, and a great promotion for Parks, which slightly tempers the sting of losing another bright mind. The news comes just two days after the Cubs lost their minor league pitching coordinator to the Mariners.
There’s been a steady brain drain from the Cubs over the past couple years (including their own former pro scouting director, Jared Porter, who left last year to become an assistant GM with the Diamondbacks), but that’s what happens when you assemble such a strong crew of talent. I have confidence that there won’t be a net drain, because the Cubs will keep identifying, targeting, and promoting new front office talent.
Best of luck to Parks in his new role, and best of luck to the Cubs in their continued effort to bring in the best and brightest.
Parks said his farewell in typical Parks style:
From the fans to the front office, the @Cubs are my family, and it hurts to say goodbye. But I’m thrilled to be a part of the @Dbacks, and I can’t wait to get started on a new journey. I look like a boss in teal. https://t.co/F2ayEEFVvO
— Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) November 16, 2017