Nick Hostetler’s responsibilities have gradually increased the past few drafts as he was intricately involved in selecting Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer.
On Monday, Hostetler’s tasks officially became larger as he was named the White Sox director of amateur scouting. Doug Laumann, the team’s amateur scouting director since 2008, was promoted to senior advisor of scouting operations, the team announced.
While some minor changes may be made, there won’t be many as Hostetler has worked with Laumann since 2000 and plans to keep him close to the process.
“There will be some things that are a little bit different,” Hostetler said on a conference call. “But at the same time, as far as the process of selecting players and the type of player and the philosophy, the organization philosophy is still the same. It has always been best player available on the board at the time.
“(Laumann is) going to be my guy I always will lean on as far as advice and stuff. He’ll have his hand in a little bit of every part of scouting we do.”
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Laumann’s new role has him scouting every aspect from the minors and majors to amateur scouting. Hostetler said his experience with the Atlanta Braves (where he and Laumann worked together) has him with his eye first on high-school talent first but he knows the White Sox have a preference for college players. But that won’t change the team’s philosophy.
“I’ll never shy away from any sort of type or player, whether it’s high school, college, position or pitcher,” Hostetler said. “But I do have a little bit more background with the high school-type players. Those guys always tend to intrigue me a little bit.
"As far as an overall philosophy and what not, it’s still going to be the same -- whatever Kenny and Rick and Buddy when we sit down, that will be the route we head.”