Meet the Angels new scouting director: Matt Swanson

Updated: August 26, 2016

It’s time for a change, and maybe Swanson can fixed the Angels horrible farm system. The Angels have hired St. Louis Cardinals scouting cross-checker Matt Swanson as their new amateur scouting director. Billy Eppler had to replace Ric Wilson, who was removed from the job earlier this month.

Swanson will orchestrate and carry out the Angels’ plan for the 2017 amateur draft, a crucial class for an organization with a farm system widely regarded as the worst in the sport. If the Angels’ position in the standings doesn’t significantly change over the season’s final 37 games, they could pick anywhere from third to seventh. They have not picked inside the top 10 since 2000, and the last time they picked as high as third was 1997, when they selected future All-Star Troy Glaus.

Swanson, 33, pitched for the University of California and was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2005. He spent three seasons in the minors, and then worked in insurance until St. Louis hired him as an area scout in November 2008.

After being based in Northern California for five years, he was promoted to his current role as the Cardinals’ Midwest cross-checker, supervising the team’s scouts in that region.

With St. Louis, Swanson was listed as the signing scout for right-handers Sam Tuivailala and Kyle Barraclough, left-hander Marco Gonzales, second baseman Kolten Wong, infielder Colin Walsh, and outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Greg Garcia, all of whom went on to reach the majors.

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Alex Alarcon is the Founder and Senior Writer at Halo Headquarters.  Follow him on Twitter @AlexAlarcon49, and on Google+. 

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