As first reported on Monday by the Kansas City Star, Mike Groopman is no longer with the Kansas City Royals’ organization after accepting a job with the Milwaukee Brewers as the Director of International Scouting.
Groopman’s tenure with the Royals ends after 10 seasons. Since January 2015, he had been the team’s Director of Baseball Operations/Analytics.
Prior to joining the Royals as a Baseball Operations intern in 2008, Groopman was a Baseball Operations intern for the Cincinnati Reds in 2006 and New York Mets in 2007. Before the 2008 season, Groopman served another internship in Major League Baseball’s Labor Relations Department.
Brewers general manager David Stearns sees Groopman as a solid fit for the team.
“I think Mike has a unique profile. Even though his upbringing in the game was through an analytical bent, he’s had a wide range of experiences in the game. That includes extensive subjective evaluation, combined with a robust knowledge of the analytical side of the industry,” said Stearns while at the GM meetings in Orlando.
Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Stearns points out the Brewers have “beefed up” their international scouting operation on the amateur and professional sides. This is evident of the acquisition of Eric Thames prior to last year, after he posted three straight monster seasons in South Korea.
Milwaukee’s reportedly been scouting two-way Japanese prospect Shohei Ohtani, who’d be a great fit. We’ll see if Groopman has any tricks up his sleeve to land the 23-year-old.
The Brewers went 86-76 in 2017 after two straight losing seasons (68-94 in ’15, 73-89 in ’16).