*Doug Mathieson runs the Langley Blaze and scouts for the Minnesota Twins ....
By Bob Elliott
When not hitting ground balls, getting players to the next level by explaining that they have to compete and how to compete, Doug Mathieson scouts for the Minnesota Twins.
Oh, he also does a little coaching on the side too, running the Langley Blaze.
Mathieson once again had the top Canadian selected in this week’s draft in right-hander Tom Robson, who went in the fourth round to the Blue Jays.
So, to Mathieson goes our 18th annual scout of the year award, named after the late Jim Ridley of Burlington, who died in 2008.
Ridley scouted for the Jays and the Twins and Mathieson and he were good friends.
Mathieson has had 29 players drafted since 2002, the tip of the iceberg being Brett Lawrie, a first-round choice of the Milwaukee Brewers and now the Jays third baseman in waiting.
His Blaze team in B.C., was selected the no. 1 high-school aged team in Canada by the Perfect Game uSA scouting service.
Besides Lawrie and Robson, graduates of the Blaze program include Kellin Deglan, a first-rounder selected by the Texas Rangers a year ago, Jordan Lennerton, Kyle Lotzkar, Carter Morrison, Wes Darvill, Stosh Wawrzasek and Justin Atkinson, who signed this week with the Jays.
All received signing bonuses of more than $100,000 uS.
Former Blaze, Scott Mathieson, Doug’s son, has overcome two Tommy John surgeries to make the Phillies bullpen on three occasions.
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JIM RIDLEY HONOUR ROLL
Previous scout-of-the-year winners:
YEAR WINNER HOMETOWN TEAM
1994 Bill Scherrer Buffalo Marlins
1995 Bill MacKenzie Ottawa Rockies
1996 Tim Harkness Hampton, Ont. Padres
1997 Ed Heather Cambridge Jays
1998 Wayne Norton Port Moody, B.C. Orioles
1999 Walt Jefferies Paris, Ont. Jays
2000 Claude Pelletier Ste-Lezare, Que. Mets
2001 Jim Kane Brampton, Braves
2002 Ken Lenihan Bedford, n.S. MLB
2003 Dick Groch St. Clair, Mich. Brewers
2004 Jim Ridley Burlington Twins
2005 Walt Burrows Brentwood Bay, B.C. MLB
2006 Alex Agostino Montreal Phillies
2007 Howie Norsetter Sydney, Australia Twins
2008 Greg Hamilton Ottawa Baseball Canada
2009 Jim Ridley Burlington Twins
2010 Jay Lapp London Brewers