Source: Cubs hire pro scouting director

Updated: November 4, 2011, 11:19 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Cubs have hired another front office executive, adding Joe Bohringer as director of pro scouting, according to a major league source.

Bohringer, who has 21 years of major league baseball experience, had been working for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2006 as a major league scout.

Bohringer will assume one of the titles previously held by Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken, who had been both scouting director and director of professional scouting under former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. Wilken's status is largely unaffected by the hiring of Bohringer, since Hendry's assistant GM, Randy Bush, had done most of the assignments for the professional scouts in the past.

Bohringer, a DeKalb, Ill. resident, uses the same methods as the people who he'll be working for, employing statistical analytics as well as practical scouting when evaluating players. Under Bohringer's direction, Cubs scouts will likely be told to use video recording of players as an added tool to evaluate Cubs players.

According to numerous sources, Bohringer also had a chance to stay in Arizona or to go with new Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, who was previously vice president of player personnel with the Diamondbacks.

Bohringer is an MIT grad from the Sloan School of Management. He previously worked in different scouting capacities with the Seattle Mariners and also worked as director of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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