Phillies front office profile: Scott Proefrock
As we begin 2010, we turn our attention to the Phillies Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock. Since Pat Gillick left and Ruben Amaro took the GM role, Scott Proefrock has flown under the radar a bit, so let's find out a little more about Mr. Proefrock.
Scott Proefrock was born on April 7, 1960, in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Norwood, Mass., and Rochester, N.Y. Scott graduated from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 1978. Having never played professional baseball like Ruben Amaro, Proefrock took a different route. After high school, he graduated from The College of William & Mary before attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received a master's degree in sports management from the Isenberg School of Management in 1988. If that is not enough, Proefrock is a Certified Public Accountant, as well.
He began his baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in August of 1987 as a marketing intern. Working under Chuck Lamar, he became director of marketing information systems in November 1987 and then a scouting and player development assistant in December 1989. He would also work with Chuck Lamar in his next two positions with the Braves and Devil Rays. He worked for the Atlanta Braves from 1991-1995, at first in scouting and player development and later as assistant director for scouting and player development.
He joined the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as director of baseball administration on July 27, 1995, four months after the franchise's inception and two and a half years before the team began playing games. In January 1997, Scott was promoted to assistant general manager.
Before being hired in Philadelphia, Scott joined the Baltimore Orioles as the director of baseball administration from 2006-2008. According to the Phillies Media Guide, in his role with Baltimore he interpreted the Major League Rules and Basic Agreement with the MLB Players Association, coordinated the team’s baseball data system and prepared the Baseball Operations budget. He also assisted in trades, free agent acquisitions, arbitration and contract negotiations, and player development and scouting.
Proefrock joined the Phillies on November 17, 2008 as assistant general manager along with Benny Looper and Chuck LaMar. He told the UMass Sport Management Alumni Newspaper, "I enjoyed my time in Baltimore and learned a great deal from one of the best executives in the game, Andy MacPhail. But when Ruben Amaro, Jr. asked the Orioles for permission to interview me for the position of Assistant General Manager with the Phillies, it was an opportunity I could not pass up."
With the Phillies, Proefrock handled 10 arbitration prior to last season. He also planted the seed in the head of Ruben Amaro to sign Pedro Martinez. He has been no-doubt busy this off season dealing with the trade and signing of Roy Halladay.
Scott now lives in Phoenix, Md., with his wife K.K. and their four children, Casey, Megan, John and Kate.