Tinnish 19th annual Scout of the year/Ridley winner

* Blue Jays scouting director Andrew Tinnish, an Ottawa native, is the winner of the 19th annual Scout of the Year award, re-named after Jim Ridley after he passed ....  2012 Canadians in the Minors  2012 Canadians in College Letters of Intent Canadian$ with $ix-figure $igning bonu$e$ Brewers will stage open workout camps

By Bob Elliott

The annual Jim Ridley award, our scout of the year honour, has basically gone to area scouts.

How can we possibly overlook Andrew Tinnish this June?

Tinnish took over as scouting director of the Blue Jays for the 2010 draft and the performance of draftees from that June make him the winner of our 19th annual honour.

As scouting director, Tinnish selected high school pitchers Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard and Justin Nicolino.

The trio, signed for a total of $1.99 million US in signing bonuses, are a combined 10-2 with a 2.42 ERA at class-A Lansing with a staggering total of 38 walks and 135 strikeouts in 123 2/3 innings.

Sanchez, of Barstow, Calif. (drafted 34th over all) is a 5-0 with a 0.66 ERA, Syndergaard (38th) from Mansfield, Tex., is 3-2, 4.62 and Nicolino (80th) is 2-0, 1.47.

“Obviously those three stand out,” said Tinnish. “They weren’t consensus industry guys, but our scouts really liked them.”

An Ottawa native, Tinnish was a star with the Brock University Badgers.

“I’m partial to Canadian guys,” said Tinnish. “Marcus Knecht was one stands out as well. I’ve known him since he was 11 years old.”

North York’s Knecht was a third-round pick in 2010.

The award was re-named after Ridley, the late Jays and Minnesota Twins scout in 2009.

“I spent time with Rids,” said Tinnish of his early Jays days in 2000. “He was a solid scout who had a ton of passion. He was relentless and didn’t want to get beat. I remember being a bird dog, Rids had a meeting with all us Ontario bird dogs.

"By the end of it we had every tournament covered. He took it very seriously.”





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

2011 Doug Mathieson, Langley, B.C. Twins