Aaron SeleIt’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers have improved their scouting in the past two years and today they announced changes along the scouting staff.

Under the McCourt regime, the Dodgers weren’t able to allocate resources to international scouting, but have since made their presence known with the signings of Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Alexander Guerrero. However, here are the changes along the scouting staff via Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:

The Dodgers continued the expansion of their scouting department Tuesday with eight changes to the professional and international staffs.

On the advance scout side, Willie Fraser was promoted from professional scout while former White Sox scout Gary Pellant was hired into the position. Along with these two, the Dodgers added three newcomers to the staff: Ron Mahay, Peter Bergeron and Greg Booker. Chris Smith was hired away from the Cleveland Indians.

Mahay was a 14-year veteran who spent 2011 in Dodgers minor league camp while Bergeron was included in the Carlos Perez and Ted Lilly deal in 1998. Other former big league players, Josh Bard and Aaron Sele, received promotions and now their responsibilities include pro scouting.

In the international scouting department, the Dodgers added three scouts. Hidenori Sueyoshi was hired as Senior Manager, International Scouting Operations. Rafael Colon was hired as a Special Advision, International Player Performance while Juan Garcia-Puig was hired as a scout for Spain.

With the Dodgers in “Phase 2” of keeping their homegrown talent, it makes a lot of sense that they’re trying to strengthen their scouting domestically and internationally.

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