PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have hired Jerry Krause as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development after serving as the Chicago White Sox’s Director of International Scouting.
Krause will evaluate players on all levels, including Major and minor league players, amateur players for the First-Year Player Draft and international players throughout the world.
He will also evaluate D-backs’ minor leaguers while also contributing in the areas in planning, process and staff building.
“Jerry brings tremendous experience, a creative mind, unbridled passion for the game of baseball and a no-job-is-too-small attitude to the table every day,” D-backs’ Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto said.
“We can all learn from him and I look forward to exploring the different ways in which he can positively impact this organization.”
Krause, who has spent 21 of his 37 years in professional sports scouting baseball players, restructured Chicago’s scouting in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela while also scouting players in other countries after rejoining the White Sox in May 2010.
He has worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and the White Sox and also with the Yankees and Mets following his retirement from the Chicago Bulls.
Krause played major roles in the White Sox’s acquisitions of Ozzie Guillen, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, Greg Walker and Ken Williams.
Krause served as General Manager of the Bulls from 1985-2003. He assembled teams that won six NBA championships during an eight-year stretch in the 1990s (1991-93 and 1996-98) and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1996, the season in which the Bulls won a NBA-record 72 games.
A Bulls banner bearing his name was raised to the rafters at the United Center on Oct. 31, 2003.
Krause began his career as a NBA scout and special assistant with the Baltimore Bullets, Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.
He was responsible for the drafting of future Hall-of-Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld with the Bullets, Jerry Sloan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls and four NBA Rookies of the Year: Monroe (1968), Unseld (1969), Alvan Adams (1976 with Phoenix) and Elton Brand (2000 with the Bulls).