The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Blake Crosby as Special Assignment Scout. He had been working with the Toronto Blue Jays since January of 2010.
To answer everyone’s first question, yes he is related to the famous Crosby from Pittsburgh. His brother Bobby played shortstop for the 2010 Pirates. Blake was also a player for a short time, getting drafted in 2009 by the Oakland A’s. After one season, he moved into a scouting role with the Blue Jays.
He was originally hired as an Area Supervisor, which he did for his first four years with Toronto. He was promoted to a Regional Supervisor in January of 2014, and held that role for four years as well. He has been working as a National Supervisor since January of 2018.
His job with the Pirates will be a mix of scouting everywhere, hence the “Special Assignment” part of his title. He will be handling the pro ranks, along with the amateur side, both for the draft and international. The Pirates recently added three other scouts to their ranks.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.