The Astros created a new position in MLB by naming Dewey Robinson as director of Pitching Development. He has gained favor in the last 9 years with the Astros and is thought to be the main reason for the teams pitching success in practice and development. The new job puts much more pressure and tons of new responsibilities on Robinson.
Some of the new tasks besides overseeing the Minor League pitching program include evaluating of all pitchers in the MiL that face Astro affiliates and evaluating ML pitchers the Astros face. This is thought to help the teams and gain more knowledge in future acquisitions. Another is scouting all amateur pitchers for the draft. He will also be working with Nolan Ryan in pitcher development.
I don't know if he will have a staff or not because this seems like a ton of work for one brain no matter how big. I wish I heard about this because that would be the description of my DREAM JOB(I Wish).
Tim Purpura has taken flak in Houston three different times in the last year and a half for not making huge trades or signings. In the offseason the past two years he has created the Nolan Ryan Elite camp that started last year(which is a superb idea) and now created a pitcher specific brain trust to help get great pitching for the future.
I now have great respect for Purpura because when others are just throwing tons of money at the obvious best guys he is pushing to create, develop, and find pitchers from everywhere. It seems this specialization in pitching will be great. I have to say this is a great idea IMO and gaining knowledge is always a great thing. I am also a huge fan of innovation or new ideas and this could work out to be both.
Bravo Timmy for two new great ideas. Sorry had to edit this in because I didn't really ask a question. Which one of these ideas do you think would help out an organization more?