The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are proud to recognize the achievements ofJIM LENTINE, TED LEKAS, BOBBY MEACHAM, LUCIANO DEL ROSARIO andL.B. DANTZLER with awards for excellence in Amateur Scouting, Professional Scouting, Player Development, International Development and Community Service, respectively.
LENTINE, is the 2015 AL LAMACCHIA honouree for excellence in Amateur Scouting. An area scout for the past 11 years in Southern CA, including the last four with the Blue Jays, Jim also spent five seasons as a hitting coach with the Texas Rangers and 10 years as an agent. During his time with Texas, two of his prominent signs included 2-time All-Star 3B Hank Blalock in the 3rd Round and RHP Aaron Harang in the 6th Round. One of his notable signs with the Blue Jays is RHP Conner Greene in the 7th Round pick in the 2013 Draft. Drafted in 1975 by the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles, California native played for eight years, including parts of three seasons with the Cardinals and Tigers.
LEKAS has been named the Blue Jays 2015 PRO SCOUT OF THE YEAR.Ted has worked with the Blue Jays for 21 years (1988-2005, 2013-present), and is currently responsible for covering the Baltimore, Colorado and Houston organizations. The veteran scout has held the following positions with the Blue Jays: Area Scout 1988-97, Eastern Regional Supervisor 1998-99, Area Scout 2000-01, Major League Scout 2002-05, Professional Scout 2013-Present. As an area scout, two of Ted’s notable signings include Chris Carpenter (1st Rd.- 1993) and Kevin Cash (NDFA – 2000). Ted worked for the Baltimore Orioles from 2006-2012 as a Major League Scout. Prior to joining the Blue Jays in 1988, Ted was the head coach of the Quinsigamond CC Baseball Team (Worcester, MA), where he was named the regional coach of the year four consecutive years (1983-86) and was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005.
MEACHAM is being recognized as this year’s recipient of the BOBBY MATTICK AWARD for excellence in Player Development. In his 2nd season as manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Santa Ana, California native has proven invaluable to many Blue Jays farmhands. Following a six year playing career as the New York Yankees shortstop, Meacham has developed his skills as a premier field manager and infield instructor in a coaching career that began in 1991. Since joining the Blue Jays in 2013 he has a major impact on such players as Dalton Pompey, Jon Berti, Andy Burns, Derrick Chung and Roemon Fields. His experience, teaching ability and overall dedication is emblematic of what the Mattick award stands for, making Bobby a deserving winner.
DEL ROSARIO will be recognized as the first recipient of theINTERNATIONAL STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD. Luciano has been vital in the club’s International Scouting efforts, playing a key role in scouting players such as Richard Urena and Jesus Severino. In his 4th season with the Blue Jays Del Rosario was instrumental in scouting and signing Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
DANTZLER has been named this year’s winner of the COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. The 24 year-old made several trips to local Dunedin schools to do in-class reading visits as part of the Bookin’ it to the Ballpark initiative and put his athletic abilities to use while participating in games of kickball at youth summer camps. The D-Jays’ infielder also led a group of players on a Toys for Tots shopping trip and showcased his artistic skills in painting pottery to be auctioned off for charity at the Dunedin Blue Jays Charity Bowling Tournament. Dantzler’s impact was certainly felt by the community throughout the season with his many hours of community outreach. The Winter Haven, Florida native said he especially enjoyed the Dunedin Blue Jays Charity Bowling Tournament benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay and painting pottery.