CHICAGO -- If the White Sox hope to derive more baseball talent from Latin America, then Marco Paddy appears to be the man to take them into that area.
Paddy, 47, was named by the White Sox as special assistant to the general manager-international operations. For the past five seasons, Paddy served as director of Latin America Operations with the Blue Jays and will now lead the Latin American scouting efforts of Chicago, with an emphasis on international signings.
During Paddy's tenure in Toronto, the Blue Jays signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez, a two-time All-Star Futures Game participant who made his Major League debut in 2011, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, a former member of the Cuban Junior National Team, pitcher Roberto Osuna, nephew of former White Sox pitcher Antonio Osuna, and catcher Carlos Perez. Hechavarria ranks eighth on MLB.com's list of Top 10 Blue Jays prospects, while Perez ranks sixth.
Prior to joining Toronto, Paddy spent 14 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, serving as an area scout (1993-2002), assistant director of player development ('02-03) and director of Latin America operations ('04-06). The native of Panama was taken by the Braves in the 56th round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft and played one year in their system.
While the White Sox have struggled in establishing a Latin American presence, they have signed Cuban émigrés shortstop Alexei Ramirez and right fielder Dayan Viciedo. Both players are expected to be part of the 2012 squad's starting lineup.