Assistant General Manager/ Director of Scouting
Bobby Heck joined the Astros as the director of amateur scouting on October 24, 2007, and since that time, he has rapidly stocked the farm system with solid, young talent. On October 30, 2008, he was promoted to his current position of assistant general manager/director of scouting.
Bobby has had considerable success in his first three drafts with the Astros, successfully signing 33 of his 35 top 10 selections in that span. Catcher Jason Castro, his first-round selection in '08, rapidly worked his way through the system, making his Major League debut in 2010. Castro entered Spring Training slated as the club's starting catcher. Right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles (2008 supplemental first round) and outfielder J.D. Martinez (2009, 20th round) were the Astros 2010 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, with both players earning all-star honors in their respective leagues.
Three of Bobby's top four picks in the 2010 Draft were named to Baseball America's Appalachian League Top Prospect List: First-round picks Delino DeShields, Jr. and Mike Foltynewicz were rated #5 and #7 while second-round pick Vincent Velasquez was rated #11. Supplemental first-rounder Mike Kvasnicka was named 14th-best prospect in the New York Penn League.
Prior to joining the Astros, Bobby served for eight seasons as the Milwaukee Brewers Eastern Scouting Supervisor, and was involved with the drafts of 2000-07. During his tenure, he helped to restock a minor league system that was ranked 30th overall by Baseball America in 2000. However, from 2003-07, the publication placed the Milwaukee minor league system in terms of talent in the top five among all organizations. In addition to the Eastern portion of the U.S., Bobby also scouted in Latin America as well as the Major Leagues and minor leagues. He also had national scouting responsibilities for the amateur ranks in addition to his supervisory role on the East Coast.
While credit for the signing of players goes to area scouts, Bobby scouted the following players that the Brewers eventually selected under the umbrella of his cross-checker responsibities: Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks. He also scouted each of Milwaukee's first-round selections in his final four seasons there.
Bobby has 19 seasons of scouting experience, including five seasons as an area scout for the Texas Rangers (1995-99).
A native of Jersey City, NJ who grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bobby and his wife, Nicole, live in Kingwood, TX, with their daughter, Jordyn (15).
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