The homegrown executive who helped the Cardinals continue to splice statistics and scouting into a draft strategy that excelled at identifying pitching talent that still nourishes the team is taking his talents to the North Side. Dan Kantrovitz, a few days after talking to the Cardinals about a return to their front office, was named the Chicago Cubs' director of scouting on Wednesday. The role puts Kantrovitz, a St. Louis native, in charge of amateur scouting and the draft for a club that has had difficulty acquiring and developing pitching talent for the big-league club. In the three drafts he ran for the Cardinals, Kantrovitz oversaw the selections of a parade of major-league starters: Michael Wacha, Marco Gonzales, Luke Weaver, Austin Gomber, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and, with the 34th pick in the 2014 draft, budding ace Jack Flaherty.
Scroll to continue with content