New addition Poitevint will concentrate on Asian scouting

January 10, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina

Longtime baseball man Ray Poitevint, announced Monday as the Orioles' executive director of international baseball, will be in charge of the organization's scouting efforts in Asia.

The Orioles have spent this offseason tapping into the market, signing Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and Taiwanesse lefty Wei-Yin Chen to multiyear major league deals as well as signing Korean pitcher Eun-Chul Choi to a minor league deal.

Poitevint said the Orioles aren't done this offseason. He will attend Chen's introductory news conference in Taiwan on Jan. 16, and along the way, he hopes to sign some of the top high school pitchers out of Korea.

"I'm excited," Poitevint said Tuesday. "We have our hands full. We're looking for talent that can help us now and talent that can create a foundation of young players that will become major leaguers down the road."

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has said Korea will be one of the organization's focal points in Asian scouting, especially with pitching. While working for Duquette in Boston, Poitevint helped sign eight Korean pitchers, and six made it to the major leagues, including Sun Woo Kim and Jin Ho Cho.

He also signed Red Sox pitchers Hideo Nomo and Tomo Ohka. With the Chicago White Sox, he signed second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

Poitivent promised the Orioles will be much more active in Asia.

"I know it's an uphill climb, but I've never been on a losing team," he added. "We're trying to hit the ground hard and show the people of Baltimore we want to build a winner."

The Los Angeles-based Poitevint, who is in his sixth decade of baseball work, began his career as an associate scout with the Orioles and was responsible for signing players like Doug DeCinces, Rich Dauer and Eddie Murray. He worked under former Orioles general manager Harry Dalton in Milwaukee, where he met a young Duquette and where both began venturing into the international market.

"I couldn't be happier," Poitevint said. "Dan is very special to me. But I've still got to hold my own."

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