Confronting Barriers - Scouts and Academies

"The academy is where a player goes from zero to almost being a prospect. Most scouts only want to see what they can get today. I'm the opposite. I want to see today what I can get tomorrow." - scout Andrés Reiner

Building on the successful Dominican model, Andrés Reiner developed the Houston Astros academy in Venezuela in 1990. Many teams soon followed suit in creating their own Venezuelan academies.

Reiner's first scouting report for future Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Johan Santana, one of many players he scouted and signed, including Bobby Abreu, Carlos Guillén, Freddy García and Melvin Mora

Stopwatch used by scout Andrés Reiner throughout the 1990s